Manipulating Friendship In Julius Caesar

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Many elements can be looked at in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Whether examining character motivation, the use of symbols, or comparing two speeches, like Antony’s and Brutus’s speeches to the plebeians about the complex characters and plot structure of this play shows Shakespeare’s amazing play writing ability. Trust and Friendship and the manipulation of it by the characters to accomplish their goals is a major theme through out Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Without this element, many critical actions would not take place, and the play would not work, such as Caesar going to the senate house, and Brutus joining the conspirators. With the planning of Caesars downfall, those plotting against him knew that first they must gain his trust; else their plot would be easily foiled. The conspirators formed a strong bond with the leader, necessary to carry out their plot in many ways. Cassius and Brutus had both fought on the side of Caesar during their war with Pompey, so they are friends to begin with. Other conspirators are even more trusted by Caesar. Decius had a strong friendship with Caesar before the play started, critical to the conspirators getting Caesar to the senate house. When he walks into Caesar’s house, the first thing that he says is "Caesar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Caesar." He uses flattery to gain Caesar's trust. Caesar would have little reason to expect who he views to be his good friends to be plotting against him. This unquestioned friendship would ultimately lead to his death. Furthermore, Decius uses his trustworthiness to give him advice about the dream that Calphurnia has. Calphurnia has a dream in whish she sees blood running out of a statue with men circling it. She sees this as a bad omen, and convinces Caesar to not go to the senate house. Decius asses this dream much differently. He suggests that the dream

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