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Varying Degrees Of Loyalty In Julius Caesar By Shakespeare

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Loyalty is a very complex emotion in which a person or animal feels devotion and faithfulness to something or someone. A dog has loyalty to others. Its owner may accidentally slam a door on it, and it will still be loyal to its owner. A cat has loyalty to itself. If its owner pets it wrong, the cat will attack. Dogs and cats show differentiating loyalty, and so do the characters in William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. Loyalty is a main theme in the play, with each character showing it differently. Throughout the play, Cassius, Antony, and Brutus all show varying degrees of loyalty.
One character to show varying degrees of loyalty is Cassius. In act 3, scene 1, Cassius was saying that ...view middle of the document...

Overall, Cassius is very loyal to himself and may not even bother to think about others.
Another character in the play that showed varying degrees of loyalty is Antony. In the beginning, Antony is very loyal to Caesar. At the Lupercal race, Caesar told Antony to touch his wife, Calpurnia, as he was running the race because it was told that the barren touched during the race would become fertile again. He said, “To touch Calpurnia, for our elders say,/ The barren touched in this holy chase,/ shake off their sterile curse” (1. 2. 7-9). Antony replied with, “When Caesar says, ‘do this,’ it is perform’d” (1. 2. 10). This shows that Antony is very loyal to Caesar, and will do anything he says. Right after shaking hands with the conspirators telling them he would justify the killing of Caesar, he turns around and convinces the Roman people to turn against the conspirators. He said, “I thrice presented him a kingly crown,/ which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?/ Yet Brutus says he was ambitious” (3. 2. 94-96). This showed that he was still loyal to Caesar, but not loyal to the conspirators. Towards the end of the play, he starts to show that he has not been loyal to Caesar, but loyal to himself. He almost completely stops fighting in order to avenge Caesar’s death and only fights so he can take the crown for himself. Antony’s loyalty took a...

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