Julius Caesar: Not A Great Leader

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The driving forces in the play Julius Caesar are the characters Marcus Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Marc Antony. Julius Caesar is the center of the ordeal of leadership in Rome when the play begins. When Caesar returns to Rome he is looked upon by the fickle plebeians as a glorious and triumphant hero. The authority of his heroism is questioned when the honorable Marcus Brutus speaks to the townspeople during Caesar’s funeral. Brutus proves to be the better leader for Rome rather than Caesar or Antony. Brutus is wiser and more honorable than the other Romans. He was the only one truly looking out for the good of Rome and not himself.
Julius Caesar is thought of as the most powerful and glorious ruler to step foot in Rome. The only thing Caesar cares about is power and his reputation. He has just returned from killing Pompey and his sons. His reasoning has only to do with his ambition for power and glory. Caesar is offered the crown but refuses it multiple times. He is trying to prove to the plebeians that he is not only interested in power. The crowd’s reaction was not what he expected. Brutus knows of Caesar’s ambitions and is worried for the city of Rome.
From the beginning of the play Brutus is portrayed as an honorable, noble, respected, smart, and trusted Roman. He compares Caesar to a serpent in an egg which he must kill before it hatches. Brutus knows that Caesar is gaining too much power too quickly and it must come to an end. He shows his belief in a republic government by saying, “We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar / And in the spirit of men there is no blood" (II.i. 180-181). Cassius is a character who is jealous of Caesar’s power and also wants it to end. He forms a group of conspirators who are against Julius Caesar. He persuades Brutus to help him and the other conspirators to kill Caesar during the ides of March. Brutus joins but only due to his love for Rome and its people. He proves this by saying "Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius." (II.i. 179). This also proves his love for Caesar because he wants to kill...

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