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Abuse of Power in Julius Caesar

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Introduction

Abuse of Power in Julius Caesar Julius Caesar was written in 1599 in England by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare has born in 1564 and died in 1616. Nobody really knows when exactly he was born but for the records it is assumed that he was born in April, creating an interesting coincidence with his death. He is the greatest writer of his century and probably of the modern era. He influenced many contemporary writers and created a new point of view in the poetry. He wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets. In his work Julius Caesar Shakespeare shows us the change of power in Rome and the problems that Rome had there. Power is the ability to act with force. Shakespeare makes visible the abuse of power and the struggle to gain power in the biggest empire at the time. Shakespeare also shows that the power itself is more than a name or position. It is something that the people exercise. There is not absolute power, every power has limitations. Besides the servants every character in some way has his power. Although the biggest argument in Julius Caesar is the change of power in the rulers of Rome, Shakespeare tries to show us many different kinds of power and the use of it. ...read more.

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In a dialogue between Cassius and Brutus show us that Brutus is powerful enough and is more apt to be the ruler of Rome than Caesar ."..there was a Brutus once that would have brooked / Th' eternal devil to keep his state in Rome / as easily as a king" (1.2. 168-170). Although Cassius was talking about one ancestor of Brutus, he made Brutus think of the change of power in Rome and in a dark way about the conspiracy. If Caesar would not abuse of his power, the conspirators would not planned the conspiracy and to try change the power of Caesar for Brutus's power. The act 3 became the most important act of all the play, for Caesar's death and also for some interesting passages of power. During the Cesar's funeral, Brutus shows us his power in his speech and in the response of the people "Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak, for him have I offended. I pause for a reply. Plebeians none, Brutus, none" (3.2. 34-37) Brutus justified the conspiracy and make that the people of Rome agree with him. After Antony's speech the plebeians realize "there's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony" (3.2. 128) ...read more.

Conclusion

9-12). In the two last acts is where all the change of power itself changes in the struggle between Brutus' and Antony's forces. Although Mark Antony was the most important leader after the Caesar's death, Octavius got the power of Rome after Brutus and Cassius died. Octavius was the new emperor for being Julius Caesar's great nephew. A few years after Octavius was in power, his friend Mark Antony became his rival of power. Antony combined forces with Cleopatra, the Egyptian ruler, against Octavius. Octavius won that war against Egypt. The senate gave Octavius the name of Augustus. Augustus was a wanted emperor for the Romans. Although he was the most powerful person in Rome, he worked for Rome and made the Roman Empire stronger but he had as well as powerful leader made huge mistakes. He got married thrice for political convenience. Shakespeare lived in the renascence when the history, the arts and the science of the ancient cultures stopped to be forgotten. Four centuries the people read Shakespeare and became a symbol of the mankind with his literature. The problems of the power as Shakespeare shows us have had place since the firsts cultures appeared. The leaders and the powerful people always were corrupted for the power, and they used the power for their convenience. ...read more.

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