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Contrasting Portrayals Of Caesar In Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar is portrayed in different ways. In some scenes he is portrayed as being brave, god- like, and super human. In others he is characterized as being vulnerable, weak, and human. Different characters had contrasting descriptions of Caesar. The noble Cassius described him as both human and super human. Caesar described himself as super human in many scenes. Antony described Caesar with human- like qualities. It is difficult to assess whether Caesar was more human or super human due to the fact that he is depicted with both human and super human qualities.
Caesar most often depicts himself with super human qualities. Just before his assassination, Caesar said “Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause will he be satisfied” (A3 S1 L47). A famous quote once said “to err is human and to forgive is divine.” If Caesar is never wrong, that means that he never made a mistake. If he never made a mistake, or erred, he would not be human, thus making him super human. When Cassius was trying to convince Brutus to join his cause, he said “except ‘immortal’ Caesar” (A1 S2 L59). He uses the word ‘immortal’ sarcastically, trying to prove to Brutus that Caesar intends to gain as much power as possible and become all powerful. “Yet in the number I do not know but one that unassailable holds on his rank, unshaked of motion. And that I am he” (A3 S1 L67). This is Caesar’s quote. Here he calls himself unattackable, which also would mean that he is immortal. “Caesar should be a beast without a heart if he should stay at home today for fear. No, Caesar, shall not. Danger knows full well that Caesar is more dangerous than he, we are two lions littered in one day, and I the elder and more terrible” (A2 S2 LL40-47). Caesar says this about himself. He thinks he is larger than life, which is arrogance. Caesar says he is more dangerous than danger. He says he is the more terrible lion. While it may...

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