Brutus And Greed In The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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Brutus, the co-leader of the assassination of Julius Caesar, was incredibly envious and jealous due to Ceasar becoming the almighty power of the Roman Empire. Even though Ceasar was kind and considerate to give some of his power to Brutus, ironically, it wasn’t enough. Proving the greed and power to be too much led to Brutus taking advantage of their friendship. Envious of Caesar becoming dictator for life, Brutus devised a devious plan to overthrow and murder his best friend. Ultimately the killing of Caesar proves how power, greed, and envy can manipulate their way and change a good men to evil men.
Brutus was not born into power. His father was a roman politician who was murdered by ...view middle of the document...

He was made governor of Cisalpine Gaul, praetor, and was promised to be made the consultant. It wasn’t enough for Brutus. He knew Caesar would not restore the Roman Republic. Caesar acted in too many ways like a king. He would not rise from his seat when senators came, he asked for the crown, and eventually dug himself a seat as dictator for life. Showing that he was in complete control and had no reason to bring the republic back, Brutus decided action must be taken to remove the dictator from power.
The Roman Republic was in decline the whole duration of Brutus’s life, and he knew he needed power to restore it. Caesar had that power. Brutus needed to lead Rome away from Caesar as a dictator in order for the republic to be restored. The power hungry Brutus knew Caesar had too much power and would not willing restore the Roman Republic. Brutus’s first plan to restore the Republic was crushed by Caesar’s victory over Pompey. Caesar gave him quite a lot of power, and Brutus was very popular with the citizens, but he couldn’t restore the republic while Caesar overshadowed him as dictator of Rome. “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus” (I.ii.136-137) Brutus and others devised a plan to eliminate Caesar, and take the throne for themselves.
Brutus and his friend Cassius got around 60 other senators to help in their devilish plot against Caesar. Being so close to Caesar made it all too easy for Brutus to set up an assassination plan. Abusing Julius’s arrogance and trust Brutus knew he could surprise Caesar. Contrary to popular belief Brutus was actually a arrogant, and cruel. He considered kings of client states, and provincials his inferiors and was cruel and grasping in his dealings with them. Caesar’s arrogance was his gravest...

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