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The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar Essay

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Manipulation influences decisions and changes others’ thoughts. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, manipulative language acts prominently between the characters. Brutus struggles to decide if the safety of the Roman Republic appears more important than his friendship with Julius Caesar. Cassius tries to persuade him to join the conspiracy that decides to kill Caesar. Envious of Julius Caesar’s power, the Senators believes that when Caesar becomes ruler, the change of government forever affects Rome. Brutus agrees that it seems for the best of Rome for Caesar never to become dictator, but he never wishes to change his opinion on his death. In a persuasive manner, Cassius sends anonymous letters ...view middle of the document...

However, Caesar and his parade of men come into the scene, and the conversation ends. A soothsayer calls out to
Caesar. “Beware the Ides of March” (Shakespeare The Tragedy of Julius Caesar 1.2.20). When Caesar approaches Brutus and Cassius, a Soothsayer warns him to be aware of March 15th, and this day becomes the day of Caesar’s death. Nevertheless, members of the conspiracy convince Caesar about the positivity of the soothsayer’s warning, and Caesar disregards the notice. Eventually, Cassius convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy. The Ides of March appears, and the Senators and aristocrats lure Caesar into the trap to kill him. The men flatter Caesar, and they simultaneously stab him. Antony pleads to speak at Caesar’s funeral. In his speech, Antony tells the plebeians about Caesar’s will as he explains to them the gifts they receive from Caesar. Consequently, Antony convinces the citizens that the Senators projects evil, and he urges the plebeians to seek revenge. “We will be revenged” (JC 3.2.204). The plebeians become furious after Antony’s speech, and they decide to kill the conspirators. Antony’s manipulative speech leads the fickle plebeians to change their opinion on Caesar’s death as they resolve to execute the conspiracy in an act of revenge. Before Antony gives his speech, Brutus also manipulates the plebeians and Antony. He begins to explain his reason to kill Julius Caesar. “[ . . . ] In the truth revealed to Antony by Brutus, [Caesar is] the most perfect Roman of them all” (Ronan 222). Brutus convinces Antony that Caesar portrays a perfect Roman, and he kills Caesar for the good of Rome. Antony never believes in Brutus’s bluff, and this results in a battle between the Triumvirate and the leaders of the conspiracy. After Antony declares war on Brutus, Brutus joins forces with Cassius. Cassius and Brutus have an argument before they enter the battle; Cassius chooses to go with Brutus’s battle strategy. However, on the night before the two opponents face each other at Philippi, the ghost of Caesar visits Brutus. After the Triumvirate wins the first battle, Cassius kills himself from a misunderstanding. Shortly after, the guilt of Caesar’s death makes Brutus demand, “Hold thou my sword hilts whilst I run on it” (JC 5.5.28). Brutus persuades his best servant to hold his sword for him to run into, and this results in Brutus’s death. Through the manipulation of his servant, Brutus ends his life through suicide, but earlier he claims suicide as a cowardly act. After the death of Caesar, manipulation becomes a large part of the play. Although Caesar’s death allegedly saves Rome’s republic, it really leads Rome into more chaos.
Shakespeare emphasizes the strength of manipulative language through visual imagery. When Caesar makes his way to the city, a soothsayer gives him a caution about the day of Caesar’s death. Caesar ignores the warning, and he returns home. However, the night before the Ides of March, Calphurnia dreams about...

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