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Does The End Justify The Means

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“Does the end ever justify the means?” This question is posed after reading The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. In this play, Brutus and the other conspirators murdered Julius Caesar because they thought he was a corrupt leader for the city of Rome. They thought that they were not doing anything wrong because they were doing it for the good of the people. Were their actions indeed for the good of the people, and if so, did that make the murder okay?
The question “does the end ever justify the means?” asks if doing something that is bad or morally wrong is okay if it is done for the greater good. In this play, Cassius did not think that Caesar was an acceptable candidate to lead the city ...view middle of the document...

If Caesar were dead, they would live as free men. Brutus also says “Grant that, and then is death a benefit. / So are we Caesar’s friends that have abridged/ His time of fearing death.” (Shakespeare, 874) He is implying here that if the conspirators had not killed Caesar, he would go through life fearing death. He believes that in taking Caesar’s life, he was also doing him a favor by removing the fear of death. Brutus believes that the ends justify the means in this situation.
Antony has a different viewpoint on the subject. He believes that despite Brutus’s reasons, it was still wrong to kill Caesar. He says “For Brutus is an honorable man/ So they are all honorable men” (Shakespeare, 882). Antony is trying not to directly accuse Brutus and the other conspirators. He is hinting, however, at the fact that the conspirators did wrong and they should not have killed Caesar. After Antony’s speech, the plebeians are stirred up and see that what Brutus and the conspirators have done is wrong. The second plebeian says, “If thou consider rightly of the matter,/ Caesar has had great wrong.” (Shakespeare, 883) This means that they pity Caesar and feel that what was done to him was wrong. The plebeians were persuaded by Antony’s speech that killing Caesar was wrong. Antony also is his speech argues against Brutus’s statements that Caesar was becoming overly ambitious, hence why he needed to die. The plebeians support Antony’s thoughts with the remark “If it be found so (that Caesar was not ambitious), some will dear abide it.”...

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