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The Assassination Of Juilius Caesar . In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar

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Human nature causes people to behave in unusual ways, such as the envy of another’s power may result in bloodshed. The ancient Romans had three men, called a triumvirate, to rule the people. In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar the triumvirate during the time period consisted of Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Marcus Crassus; however, after the deaths of Pompey and Crassus, Julius Caesar became the sole ruler of Rome. Caesar represented the Populists Party and ruled for the common people. Having Caesar as the new Emperor worried the other Senators and due to envy, greed, and need of more power resulted in the assassination of Caesar. Marcus Brutus, the leader of the conspirators ...view middle of the document...

Marcus Antonius, a loyal supporter of Caesar, reminds the people, “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made sterner stuff” (III. ii. 92-93). Antony wins back the people’s favor for Caesar after his death and tells the people that they should not be praising Brutus because Caesar was a great man. Even when he is dead, Caesar helps the people through his will, that Antony presents, “Here is the will and under Caesar’s seal. To every Roman citizen he gives, To several man, seventy-five drachmas…Moreover, he hath left you all his walks, His private arbors, and new-planted orchards…left them you, And to your heirs forever: common pleasures” (III. iii. 241-43, 248-251). Caesar’s murder cannot be justified because he worked to help the commoners.
Caesar had many enemies because many, especially the senators, envied him; however, he never killed them. Since the very beginning of the tragedy, Caesar had his suspicions about Cassius. He tells Antony, “Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous” (I. ii. 194-195). He knows that if someone would threaten him, Cassius would be the one to do it. However, even though had his suspicions Caesar did not kill him. Another instance occurred when Casca tells Cassius and Brutus, “Marullus and Flavius, for pulling off Caesar’s images, are put to silence” (I. ii. 284-285). Again, Caesar did not kill them, even though they opposed him, he simply banished them. When Crassus died in battle, Caesar and Pompey were left as the rulers and although they did get along, Caesar did not kill him. In the civil war between the two, Caesar did win; however, it was the Egyptians who killed him. Caesar is the opposite of the conspirators because even though he may had had the power to order the execution of his enemies, he did not. Cassius and the other conspirators did not want Caesar to become the sole Emperor of Rome, so they killed him. Also, the new triumvirate consisted of Octavius Caesar, Marc Antony, and Aemilius Lepidus. Even the loyal support of Caesar, Antony fell to the temptations of power and wanted to Lepidus. Antony tells Octavius, “This is a slight unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands; is it fit, The threefold world divided, he should stand One of the three to share it?” (IV. i. 12-14). Caesar did not to be murdered especially after sparing the lives’ of Cassius, Marullus and Flavius.
The main reason why Cassius and the other senators believed Caesar needed to be eliminated was because he was too ambitious. Nevertheless, Antony argues, “You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?” (III. ii. 96-98). Caesar did not say he...

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