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The Tragedy Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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The Tragedy Julius Caesar is a play written by Shakespeare in 1599 that contains betrayal, deception, and exaggeration. The story revolves around the days before and after Caesar’s death. As you keep reading you see the various sides of the characters, who is truly murdering Caesar for Rome, and who is doing it for themselves. Brutus is doing it for Rome and its citizens because he feels Caesar isn’t fit for being king. While reading, it was thought to keep in mind: does the end justify the means?
Brutus’s action had caused his own downfall in the end of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and has proven that the end doesn’t justify the means. Brutus murdering Caesar had been looked upon as a bad and negative thing in the eyes of the Roman citizens. Although Brutus had thought killing Caesar was good for the Roman citizens and their rulings; it ended up not being a justified act in the end.
Caesar had been betrayed by Brutus when he murdered him; while Caesar had trusted him and thought him as his right hand man. “It must be by his death, and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crowned. How that might change his nature, there’s the question” (Shakespeare 847). Brutus feels he needed to kill Caesar because he believes that Caesar wouldn’t be a rightful ruler for Rome. He had thought of killing him not for his own good, but for the good of the people. Even though Brutus had thought that doing this act would turn out better in the end; it did the opposite. It had caused the Roman citizens to go against Brutus and he had killed himself in the end.
Deception, a scheme used against someone so they can get what they want, had been use against Brutus in this Shakespeare play. Cassius had tricked Brutus by having Cinna put letters where Brutus could find them.
Be you content. Good Cinna, take this paper, / And look you lay it in the praetor’s chair / Where Brutus may but find it. And throw this / In at his window. Set this up with wax / Upon old Brutus' statue. All this done, / Repair to Pompey’s porch, where you shall find us
(Shakespeare 842). These were letters that impersonated the Roman citizens saying for Brutus to make peace in Rome for them and to fix the problem of having Caesar as their ruler. Cassius had chosen to trick Brutus because he needed him to complete the mission of murdering Caesar. Cassius had been the one that wanted to kill him for the good of himself and not for the people. Brutus had thought the opposite and thought he was doing well for the people and had no intentions of doing it for his own good or known that Cassius had wanted to do it just for himself.
After the death of Caesar, Brutus had made a speech to the Roman citizens at his burial.
Caesar loved me, I weep for him. As he was / fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he was valiant, I / honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him. / There is tears for his love, joy for his...

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