Julius Caesar Persuasive Essay

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Sacrifices for Honor Joseph Campbell stated, “A hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than oneself.” In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is established as a tragic hero due to his idealistic and sensible qualities. His need to preserve an honor allows him to possess a mindset that favors the best of others. This mindset triggers his fall under cynical circumstances that are beyond what is expected to happen. By outlining Brutus’s tragedy, it is indicated that his seemingly ignoble decisions are genuinely intended to create changes for the Romans. As a tragic hero, Brutus maintains noble intentions throughout the play. Grabbing at any opportune moment, Brutus desirably protects the Roman Republic from becoming corrupt and ruled by dictatorship. Cassius and other conspirators felt that Caesar’s ambition and tyrannical ruling reflects upon a dangerous outcome for future Rome. Persuaded by Cassius’s hatred of Caesar’s immediate gain in power and acknowledgement, Brutus constructs a plan for the assassination of Caesar. He greatly fears that “the people// [will] choose Caesar for their king” (I.ii.78-79). However, within Brutus’s wrong decisions lie his honorable thoughts and purposes. He presumes to “make// [their] purpose necessary and not envious” (II.i.177-178). Brutus implies that only murderers act out of jealousy, but honorable ones act out of honesty and justice. Influenced by the belief of Brutus disliking Caesar, some may think that the idea of assassinating Caesar is for selfish reasons, or that Brutus has a personal enmity against Caesar. Referring to his original motives, he particularly says, “I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general” (II.i.11-12). Brutus displays no personal intention to ambush Caesar, except to do what was favorable for the well being of Rome.

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