Treachery and Deceit in Julius Caesar
In this essay I am going to examine how each of the characters in
Julius Caesar were noble or not noble in the things they did and
decide who is the most noble as well as examining the ways treachery
and deceit are shown in the play.
Firstly Julius Caesar. We know Caesar is a good leader and fighter in
battle because everybody comes out to see his return at the start of
the play and they say "What conquest brings him home" that quote
suggests he has made many conquests which was considered noble in
Roman times. Also near the start of the play Caesar is offered the
crown three times but each time he refuses to take it "And then he
offered it the third time; he put it the third time by: and still as
he refused it" this shows that Caesar was offered the chance to become
king of Rome but declined because he thought it was better for Rome to
be a republic like it already was, so that was very noble.
Secondly Brutus. W e know that Brutus and Caesars were great friends
but he joined the conspirators and helped murder Caesar "seeing Brutus
about to strike also" that wouldn't be considered noble, but he did
kill Caesar because he wanted the best for Rome and crowning Caesar
king is not what the public wanted so it wasn't best for Rome and
doing what is best for your country is very noble. Brutus though did
eventually lose the final battle at the end so he wasn't a good
fighter like Caesar was so he wasn't noble in that way.
Cassius not only killed Caesar for the good of Rome but also persuaded
Caesars friend Brutus to help with the killing so he was being noble
to his country because the people of Rome didn't want a king and doing
what was best for your country is noble. But like Brutus, Cassius lost
the final battle "Guide thou sword. [Pindarus thrusts him through]"
losing battles in Roman times shows that you weren't a good fighter
which was not noble although...