William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar This story was about both love and betrayal. Shakespeare tells of how someone can love their country enough to kill their best friend. They’d even risk destroying themselves. After the death of a tyrant, Caesar, two people (one opposing the death of Caesar and the other agreeing with it) spoke during Caesar’s funeral to reason with the people of Rome. Each trying their own method to win the crowd’s opinion.
Is Macbeth a cold-hearted, brutal traitor? Or is he an innocent victim, forced into the sinful act of murder? Macbeth starts off as a humble, loyal subject to the King, but greed led him to doing unimaginable, acts of cruelty. He became a blood-thirsty tyrant, with no limits, and unable to stop. He didn’t want to take the killing path but Lady Macbeth cunningly persuaded him, and hooked him to the taste of blood.
This essay will examine these questions and illustrate the justification of Marcus Brutus betraying and killing Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is sometimes considered to be a “tragic hero” because of the role he played in the assassination of Caesar, the tragedy of his father’s death and the outcome of his choices in life. Looking into the underlying flaws within the tragic hero reviles a trustworthy nature which inhibits his ability to judge the character of others. Plutarch described Brutus as a marvelous lowly and gentle person, noble minded, and would never be in any rage, nor carried away with pleasure and covetousness; but had an upright mind and would never yield to any wrong or injustice. Brutus' tragic flaw is that he is nationalistic, very gullible, and is too honest.
MMacbeth Vs Brutus Macbeth and Brutus are the tragic heroes in the plays Macbeth and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Both of them murder their ruler and have tragic flaws. In Julius Caesar, Brutus helps the conspiracy assassinate the Roman leader, Julius Caesar because he is afraid that Caesar might misuse his power, but later realizes that the murder was not essential. Macbeth murders the King Duncan of Scotland in order to become the king himself. Both characters show signs of guilty conscience later in the play and eventually die for their tragic flaws.
The dialogue of King Leonidas, the main character, really lets the viewers in on the mindset of the Spartan war machine and why it acts the way that it does. When he was talking with the Persian negotiator, his change in voice and demeanor along with the simple nod to his queen showed that he was going to escalate to violence and do something drastic which was one of the few precursors to violence in this film. For most of the movie, the tone is surprisingly upbeat due to the Spartan fighting style with a couple of lulls in between such as the death of Astinos, the son of the Spartan Captain, and the final battle in which the Spartans are killed. The tone of the movie returns to its upbeat roots in the last scene when the last remaining original Spartan returns with his own army. This movie employed the use of shock value with the decapitations, throat slicing, stabbing, and spearing.
The Greeks believed that gods had the power to strike down any man they deem unfit to live. In Greek mythology, Zeus was the king of the gods and most prayers were directed to him. To anger Zeus was to bring disaster upon oneself, as Creon does. Crean was perfectly justified in issuing the edict which deprived Polyneices of his funeral rights. He had fallen in the act of committing the most heinous crime of which a citizen could be guilty, and Creon, as the ruler of the state, naturally assumed that exemplary punishment was his rightful due.
Why is it that after Brutus’ and Antony’s funeral speeches the countrymen wanted to start a riot and seek revenge? Caesar was brutally murdered for his ambition and his funeral was held for all of the countrymen to attend. Two convincing speeches were given, one a lot more persuasive than the other. Either way after the funeral the countrymen wanted blood to be shed for Caesar's death. While both Brutus and Antony both gave their speeches on the behalf of Caesar, Brutus focused on justifying his killing of Caesar formally while Antony focused on using logic and genuine emotion to win the countrymen's hearts.
Through lots of plotting, Brutus creates a conspiracy with the Senate to kill the ruler. Both Caesar and his people respect Brutus. In lines 85-89 of Act 1, Scene 2, Brutus states, “But wherefore do you hold me here so long? What is it that you would impart to me? If it be aught towards the general good, set honor on one eye and death i’ the other, and I will look on both indifferently.” These lines claim that Brutus’s actions are only for the greater good of Rome.
His plan of action was almost complete if he was able to murder Cassio. Iago’s motives are told throughout the entire play such as, seeking revenge due to the fact that Othello was given the title of lieutenant, throwing out accusations of him sleeping with his wife. In the end he is handed over to the torturers where he finally is quiet and stops giving reasons. Critic Robert Heilman (1956) states “lago’s case is too good; as a hunter of motives has bagged more than the legal limit” (pg.33). Othello is susceptible to lago’s evil.
Othello, hearing the noise, thought that Cassio was killed and went to murder Desdemona. Iago, joined by Lodovico and Grantiano, came to the wounded Cassio and killed Roderigo. As Bianca and Emilia arrived to the scene, Iago accused Bianca of engineering the plot against Cassio and then commanded Emilia to inform Othello of the incident | Cassio managed to dodge Roderigo’s attack, but was wounded by IagoOthello thought that Cassio was killed and went on to find DesdemonaIago managed to kill Roderigo to keep his plans undercover | Line 25-27 page 225Line 34-41 page 227Line 73 page 229 | 2. | Othello entered as Desdemona was sleeping. He kissed her and struggled to conduct the murder.