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How justified was the murder of Caesar?

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From your reading of the play, how justified was the murder of Caesar? Intro Brutus Cassius The other conspirators/ General reasons Conclusion Intro Shakespeare's tragedy is mainly based on the assassination of Caesar. Right from the beginning of the play, the people of Rome are divided into two sides: the pro-Caesar against the pro-Pompey. On one side, he is seen as a glorious war hero ("rejoice in his triumphs") by his supporters including the crowd, whereas on the other side, his enemies/opponents such as Murellus and Flavius believe he is a tyrant whose aim is to use his supreme power to establish a new monarchy with himself as the emperor who would "soar above the view of men - And keep us all in servile fearfulness". Apart from Brutus whose convictions are honourable, the conspirators all seem to have personal interests - denunciated more or less explicitly - in murdering Caesar, namely as they will share power after his death. ...read more.


Cassius As for Cassius, the initial leader of the conspiracy, his motives are much more personal. Indeed his jealousy towards Caesar is clearly conveyed when he recounts how once he rescued Caesar about to drawn ("this man - is now become a god, and Cassius is - a wretched creature"). On top of that he points out/enhances Caesar's weakness as well as his cowardice when he says "This god did shake" and so considers his political position as unfair. Moreover, when he recognises: "Caesar doth bear me hard", Cassius seems aware of Caesar's opinion of him and so feels some resentment towards him. The other conspirators/ general reasons Similarly most of the other conspirators including "envious Casca" are motivated by "envy of great Caesar" rather than "common good" as Brustus. Yet they pretend to blame him for being ambitious, over-confident, arrogant as constantly talks of himself in the third person ("Caesar" rather than "I"). ...read more.


death" "the soul of Rome" who "sits high in all the people's hearts", "Caesar's angel" "It must be by his death" = soliloquy "Not that I loved Caesar less, - But that I loved Rome more." "General good" "no personal cause to spurn at him" "Brutus says he was ambitious" Cassius "this man - is now become a god, and Cassius is - a wretched creature" "This god did shake" "Caesar doth bear me hard" General "envious Casca" "envy of great Caesar" "common good "Caesar" rather than "I" "Beware the Ides of March" "constant as the northern star" Ccl "purge" "sacrificers, but not butchers", "Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!" Intro : _ two sides : pro-Caesar/pro-Pompey (glorious war hero/ tyrant) _ different motives for killing C Brutus : _ essential because values _ relation with C/ threat _ A disprove Cassius : _ personal : jealousy, resentment (story, C weak etc...) General : _ ambitious, over-confident, arrogant (enumeration soothsayer, wife, artemidorus, Metellus Cimber's brother) Ccl : on balance (honourable political purge/ pretext) + quotes... ...read more.

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