Julius Ceasar Theme Of Jealousy

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In the play Julius Caesar, the theme of jealousy is displayed and develops in several different ways. Jealousy causes many of the characters in Julius Caesar to do very hazardous things. For this reason, jealousy becomes a very important aspect of the play. In the play, Cassius feels very threatened by Caesar’s power. He thinks back to when he and Caesar were of equal power and doesn’t think Caesar deserves all of the power he has. He says to Brutus “I was born free as Caesar, so were you / We both have fed as well, and we can both / Endure the winter’s cold as well as he” (I.ii.97-99). Also Cassius is angry because Caesar doesn’t like him. He thinks that Caesar has a very judgmental side to him and that his judgmental personality could end up hurting him. This then leads up to Casca who is another character that is jealous of Caesar. He feels sickened by the way Caesar controls the commoners. Casca then agrees with what Cassius had said about Brutus being an important part of the conspiracy. He says “O, he sits high in all the people’s hearts / And that which would appear offense in us, / His countenance, like richest alchemy, / Will change to virtue and worthiness” (I.iii.157-160) Out of all the conspirators, Brutus is the only one who doesn’t take part in the killing of Caesar out of jealousy. He acts as Caesar’s friend and along with Caesar, has a powerful position in Rome. Since they both have a lot of power, Brutus has no reason to be jealous of Caesar. When Brutus finally decides what to do, he bases it on what he thinks is best for Rome, but is also tricked into thinking that the conspirators are doing it for the same reason. He says, “What need we any spur but our own cause / To prick us to redress? What other bond / Than the secret Romans that have spoke the word, / And will not palter? And what other oath than honesty engaged / That this shall be, or
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