Brutus, Caesar, And Antony As Protagonists In Julius Caesar

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A protagonist is the leading character or actor in a play, novel, or story. The leading character of a play is not easily interpreted. A protagonist does not necessarily have to be good or bad. Determining the protagonist is one of the many engaging issues presented in the play. Many characters exhibit the characteristics of a true protagonist in Julius Caesar, few stand out over all others. Caesar was a powerful, courageous, yet arrogant leader who is depicted in many different ways. Brutus friend of Caesar, loves Caesar greatly but does not think he possess leadership skills. Antony is loyal, trustworthy, and a devoted follower of Caesar, and proves to be a required character in Julius Caesar. All three of the protagonist must go through many highs and lows throughout the play. Brutus, Caesar, and Antony all qualify as protagonists in Julius Caesar because they all exhibit the required attributes.
Caesar conquered Pompey in the beginning of his reign, his victory captured much support of the common citizens. He grew very popular, and powerful in some people?s eyes. Caesar turned down the crown three times when it was offered to him. Caesar deals with corrupt governments, and does what will be good for everyone rather than thinking about one?s self. Caesar was not of ?the blood of ordinary men?3.1:37. What this means is that he was a powerful, understanding, leader who had became too ambitious and arrogant, which led to his inevitable downfall. Caesar was arrogant in the way that on the ?Ides of March? he did not acknowledge the omens or the warnings of the soothsayer. There is a horrible storm on March 14 that goes on through the ?Ides of March?. His wife Calpurnia warns him not to go out because of the storm and the omens. He first agrees to stay home for her sake, but Decius one of the conspirators persuades him to come to the Capitol anyways. On his way to the Capitol one of Caesar?s followers learns of the plot against Caesar and writes a letter to warn him. He waits in the streets for Caesar to pass by. He asks Caesar to read his letter because of its importance, ?Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule? 3.1:3, ?O Caesar read mine first, for mine?s a suit that touches Caesar nearer. Read it, great Caesar? 3.1:6-7. Caesar disregards him, ?What touches us ourselves shall be last serv?d? 3.1:8. Caesar proceeds to the Capitol, upon arrival and after few words spoken Caesar is stabbed to death by the conspirators. This ends the reign of Julius Caesar and starts a war. Caesar established Rome into the society that it is today.
Brutus is one of Caesar?s dearest friends, but cares more for the good of Rome and its people. In the beginning of the play Brutus is persuaded into joining the conspiracy, and turning against Caesar. He helps with the plot against Caesar and furthermore his assassination. Without Brutus the conspirators would not have had the courage to go through with the conspiracy. In his speech at Caesar?s...

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