Was Julius Caesar'sassassination Justified Essay

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Caesar's assassination was not justified.
The motives of the conspirators to kill Caesar were not just or good. For one, the claims stating Caesar will become a tyrant are based solely on assumptions and theories, not facts. Brutus says,“He would be crowned. How that might change his nature, there's the question,” (Act II Sc I line 13) and, “That lowliness is young ambitions ladder, whereto the climber upward turns his face; but when he once attains the upmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back, looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees then lest he may, prevent. And since the quarrel will bear no color for the thing he is, Fashion it thus: : that what he is, augmented ...view middle of the document...

He then stated, “ It doth amaze me, a man of such feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world, and bear the palm alone.” (Act I Sc ii lines 128-131) However, he did not want the throne himself. Jealousy was not just an incentive for Cassius but for most of the conspirators as Mark Antony later points out. After Brutus' death, Mark Antony states of Brutus, “ All the conspirators save only he did that they did in envy of great Caesar” (Act V Sc v lines 69-70). Some may argue that Caesar's assassination was justified, for Brutus states to the conspirators, “Let's kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; let's carve him a dish fit for the gods, not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds” (Act II Sc I lines 172-174). He also questions Cassius, “Did not great Julius bleed for justices' sake?” (Act IV Sc iii lines 19-20) However, Brutus later states to Lucilius, “Your master, Pindarus, in his own change, or by ill officers, hath given me some worthy cause to wish things done undone.”(Act IV Sc ii lines 6-8) His statement shows his regret for assassinating Caesar, which he would not have if he truly believed Caesar's assassination was justified.
Caesar was a good Roman. For one, he would not lie to the Senators concerning the reason why he was going to stay home. After Calpurnia tells Decius to tell the Senators that Caesar is ill, Caesar questions, “Shall Caesar send a lie? Have I in conquest stretched mine arm so far to be afeared to tell graybeards the truth?” (Act II Sc ii lines 65-68) In addition, He refused to kill his enemies. All of the other powerful Romans on the other hand, preferred to kill their enemies. Caesar only banned Flavius and Marullus although they openly revolted against him by tearing down all decorations involving Caesar. He also banned Publius. Some may argue that he was not good because several people, including whom he believed as his closest friend, Brutus, begged him for Publius Cimber's enfranchisement and he refused to give in. However, he replied, “I am as constant as the Northern Star,” (Act III Sc I line 60) signifying that he cannot make any exceptions otherwise it would unfair to...

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