Play Review: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

July 16, 2021 by Essay Writer

In the play Julius Caser written by William Shakespeare, he illustrates many conflicts throughout the play. Conflicts such as political matters (who gets the crown), betrayal between friends, as well as knowing who can and cannot be trusted. Caser’s closest friends Cassius and Brutus begin to portray betrayal towards Caser when he is obligated to take over in power. They fear he will rule as a tyrant even though he denies the crown on multiple occasions; They then decided to conspire against him to assassinate him. Later in the play, their plan was successful and the people of Rome were in great despair. Many people ask was the assassination justified? Did they make the right move? Wrong, the assignation was not justified; Although, they state trying to put Rome’s best interest first; The decision was based off of selfish impulse’s.

Julius Caesar was a great leader, the people of Rome worshipped him. He was “A man of the people”, or so we thought. During the course of Acts I-III, Caesar is quite arrogant and ignores all of the signs that could have stopped his assassination. Signs being the soothsayer’s warning, Calpurnia’s dream, and the storm over Rome. This all hinting that this could have been stopped if he was more cautious and less egotistic.

Brutus and Cassius, were seen as the leaders of the conspiracy. They did not have good reason to kill Julius Caesar their plan was executed inadequately. When Brutus and Cassius decided to create a conspiracy in the senate against Caesar, they failed to recognize his tremendous support. When killing Caesar, they failed to kill all of his power because they never killed his supporters, including Lepidus and Antony. If Brutus and Cassius wanted to save the Republic of Rome, it was necessary to kill all Caesar’s supporters as well to prevent an uprising from happening again, but they failed to do so. Brutus and Cassius didn’t save the Republic of Rome, they ended it.” 31 BC marks to end of the Roman Republic; 13 years after Caesar’s death, much of which consisted of civil war and fighting” (Noble, pg. 136). The events leading up to the fall of the Republic can be connected to the death of Caesar, which was pursued by these two men. The fall of the Republic was inevitable after this death, but because of the poor execution of the conspiracy, the fall was drawn out for many years.

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