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Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare Essay

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The play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is renowned throughout the world. This tragedy tell the story of the conspiracy to murder Julius Caesar and the results afterwards. Of all the characters in the play, I find Marcus Brutus to be the most interesting. Time and time again Brutus is convinced and persuaded into decisions. At the times when he actually does make a decision on his own, it ends badly. Throughout the whole play, he believes that what he is doing is the right things, he makes choices for only moral reasons. The character of Brutus in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is easily deceived, tragically wrong, and falsely heroic.
Poor Brutus is manipulated into doing many things. His biggest decision though is to join the conspiracy. Though Brutus believes he has come to thee decision on his own, there are several key factors that guide him to that choice. First off in the beginning of the play when Cassius is speaking with Brutus he is trying to convince him that Caesar is a bad man and a threat to the well being of the public. Cassius gives Brutus two reasons why Caesar should be killed. For his first reason Cassius gives a small anecdote,
“Endure the winter’s cold as well as he.For once upon a raw and gusty day, The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores, Caesar said to me, “Darest thou, Cassius, now Leap in with me into this angry flood And swim to yonder point?” Upon the word, Accoutred as I was, I plungèd in And bade him follow. So indeed he did. The torrent roared, and we did buffet it With lusty sinews, throwing it aside And stemming it with hearts of controversy. But ere we could arrive the point proposed, Caesar cried, “Help me, Cassius, or I sink!” I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor, Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber Did I the tired Caesar (1.2.101-117).”
What Cassius is telling Brutus is that because Caesar can’t swim across an entire river in full armour in the freezing cold, that he shouldn’t be ruler. Now lets try something. In your head pick three people from history who you consider to have been great rulers. Now, think about if anyone of those people could complete that challenge. The task Caesar is unable to finish requires an amazing amount of strength and willpower, it shocks me that Cassius was able to do it himself, let alone go back to save Caesar too. The second point that Cassius states is another story. He speaks about Caesar having epilepsy, he talks of when they were in Spain and he was sick, how he shook and groaned like a sick girl (1.2.120-127). While his state of health may cause concern for whether he is able to rule, this would not be reason enough for him to be killed. I find these points quite humorous, you can obviously tell that Cassius is reaching out on a limb here. He is stretching to find anything that will convince Brutus that Caesar is a bad guy. The funny part is that...

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