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How are Julius Caesar's strengths and weaknesses presented in the play?

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How are Caesar?s strengths and weaknesses presented in this play? Throughout the play, Caesar?s assertive power proves to be his greatest strength yet also his deepest flaw. To a great extent, Caesar?s weaknesses are more obviously presented. In the quote: ?he hath the falling disease?, Caesar is described as physically weak. This quote refers to his epileptic disease. He is also described as deaf, in the quote: "Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf." This presentation of Caesar being physically sick, something one cannot control and is either born with or grows into, suggests Shakespeare?s portrayal of Caesar as being naturally weak and suggests that Shakespeare intends for this image to be portrayed as he gives Caesar a very explicit fault that everyone in the audience would be able to understand. ...read more.

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He persistently denies the idea that people may be against his leadership. When Calpurnia asks him not to go to the senate he says ?..give me my robe, for I will go? and it is not until he is dying that he shows any sign of admitting defeat. This is shown in the quote: ?et tu brute?? In this quote Caesar speaks in latin which is the roots of Rome, it is its founding language. Going back to the traditional and original roots of rome represents the pure defeat Caesar feels as it mirrors the founding relationship of brutus and Caesar. Going back to the foundation of the very Roman language emphasizes Caesars surprise as he relates to the beginning of his friendship with Brutus. ...read more.

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Initially this assertive power is what gives Caesar his main strength. It is reassuring to the people of Rome. Caesar also shows this strong power in the quote: ?shall Caesar send a lie? this is in response to when Calpurnia asks him to pretend he is sick so he doesn?t have to go to the senate. However, Caesar proves he is not ashamed for people to know that he is staying at home to abide by his wife?s wishes. A usual marriage of this era, we would not see a husband looking weak just in order for his wife to stay happy. This shows his self confidence and therefore as an audience we feel more reassured in a confident figure. ...read more.

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