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In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare the conspirators are used by Shakespeare in highlighting the theme of friendship and betrayal as well as being the group of people who triggers the central conflict.

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Discuss the Role and significance of the Conspirators In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare the conspirators are used by Shakespeare in highlighting the theme of friendship and betrayal as well as being the group of people who triggers the central conflict. They are significant as it is through them Shakespeare examines the different forms of friendship and conveys the corruption of power. Shakespeare uses the manipulation between characters to highlight the theme of friendship and betrayal. Cassius being the mastermind behind the conspiracy is driven by envy and jealousy. He manipulates Brutus by appealing to his 'honour' and patriotism because 'our [the conspiracy's] great need of him' as 'he sits high in all the people's hearts'. ...read more.

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The servant boy Lucious describes the conspirators to be 'buried in their cloaks'. This is highly dramatic as on the one hand they are burying their faces but on the other hand it could also be the conspiracy which they are hiding. Brutus believes that everyone in the conspiracy has the same purpose as him therefore believes that an 'oath' is unnecessary. However it is na�ve for him to think like this because he is the only one who is performing this deed 'for the general', the others are merely driven by envy. His words 'honesty and honesty engaged, that this shall be, or we will fall for it' is ironic because the conspiracy does fall apart after the killing. ...read more.

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This decision is dramatically significant in conveying the lack of political leadership of Brutus which gives Antony the chance to persuade the Plebeians and starts the 'civil strife'. The last incident takes place in Act four when Brutus again rebukes Cassius' idea of staying on high grounds. This results in a more tragic ending with the whole conspiracy falling apart and both Cassius and Brutus committing suicide. The audience is able to recognize Brutus to be an honourable man but fails to recognize his political leadership as he is constantly putting himself and his comrades in danger. Shakespeare portrays the conspirators to be lacking in vision and unity which causes their downfall. It portrays the political corruption during the Elizabethan times and how people manipulate others to achieve their own ambition. ...read more.

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