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Julius Caesar: Struggle For Power Essay

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“Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst” (Marcus Aurelius). This quote truly describes the characters in Julius Caesar. They all try their best to suppress their flaws and stich them together with good qualities. Each of the characters in Julius Caesar has flaws and they all have the same weakness: lust for power. This weakness drives directly into the action of the play and the characters’ struggle for power.
Julius Caesar and Cassius definitely have the most prominent flaws in this play. The audience is really able to see the struggle to stay at the top of the totem pole and the ways these characters use manipulation to stay there. Both of these characters have a ...view middle of the document...

Brutus soon convinced himself and others that it was necessary and honorable to kill Caesar. The people around him see all of Brutus’ intentions as honorable, making it easy to see that he have very few weaknesses. Brutus also tries to see the best in people; this is why it took so long for him to decide on killing his good friend, Caesar. This is shown prominently when Brutus allows Antony to live and permits him to speak at Caesar’s funeral. This backfires on Brutus because Antony is able to turn the people of Rome against the conspirators, leading to a war between Antony and the conspirators.
Marc Antony and Octavius Caesar are tow of the most loyal and ambitious characters in Julius Caesar. This ambition and loyalty gets them into trouble for most of the play and is reason people find it hard to trust them. Marc Antony shows his devotion to Caesar throughout the entire play and the pinnacle of this loyalty is shown when he turns the people of Rome against Brutus and Cassius. They are both very ambitious and are struggling over the leading spot in Rome that has opened up due to Caesar’s death. Antony and Octavius’ ambition also makes them both very rash. They do not always think...

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