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If Caesar had lived, would he have become a tyrant?

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If Caesar had lived, would he have become a tyrant? Caesar, the emperor of Rome has just come out of battle, with Pompey. The people of Rome celebrate on the streets. There are two men that refuse to celebrate. Indeed, they are strongly opposed to the celebrations taking place. They believe that Caesar is becoming too powerful and is being treated like a God. They are not the only two against the celebrations. There are many others. They find a powerful man, loved by the people of Rome, and turn him against Caesar. Now they are fully equipped. Ready to kill Caesar himself. Was this a blatant act of jealousy, or was Caesar really becoming 'too big for his boots.' There is much bias in this play and many of the characters are corrupt. There are even more lies, and concealed truths. I have to see past those and make a fair analysis of the play. In the first scene there is a clash between the upper class, represented by Flavius or Marullus, and the lower class represented by the scores of plebeians, evidently overjoyed with the public celebrations. It becomes clear, especially when Caesar is assassinated, that it is the mob, through their sheer numbers if anything, that hold the power. It is the conspirators' inability to see this that marks their eventual downfall. ...read more.

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She dreamt that Caesar's statue 'ran blood' and that the people of Rome came to bathe their hands in it. Caesar quickly dismisses this. 'Cowards die many times before their deaths, The valiant never taste death but once.' These seem, especially for a man of his power, to be extremely wise words. However he then goes on to 'spoil' them by continuing, not to be valiant, but to be vain. 'Of all the wonders that I have yet heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear.' Shakespeare appears to confuse the audience, by sandwiching this foolery, with another wise phrase. 'Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it come.' Calphurnia is relieved when the augurers, come with bad news, having made a sacrifice. We are informed that the beast that they have cut open had not heart. This was considered a bad sign. 'They would not have you stir forth today' says a servant. Caesar, shows his arrogance once more. 'The gods do this to put cowards to shame. Caesar be a beast without a heart If he should stay at home for fear. No Caesar shall not. Danger knows full well That Caesar is more dangerous than he.' This last sentence in particular seems rather disturbing. It would appear that challenging the Gods is something Caesar does not think too long about. ...read more.

Conclusion

Caesar's vanity also gets the better of him. None more so than on the day of his murder. There are a series of mistakes. Shakespeare seems to have put these in with a sense of irony. This appears to make the ending less shocking, which was important for an audience in the 1600's when killing on stage was not generally acceptable. The audience knows the killing is imminent, and Caesar seems to dig himself into 'an even bigger hole'. It starts with him saying he knows no fear, and how alien a concept that is to him. It finishes with him saying he is unshakable. It is clear that the conspirators have reason to kill him. I believe that Caesar would have become a tyrant, if he had been allowed to live. It was clear that he was behaving like a bully towards others. He tried to compensate for his like of control over his life by forcing his good points upon others, and making up other characteristics. If he had become king one can only think of the damage he would have caused the empire. He was a desperate and needy man entrusted with too much power for his own good. It was a gloomy end, for a potentially great man. 'Caesar: I rather tell thee what is to be feared, that what I fear; for always I am Caesar.' Act 1, Scene 2. Paul Abdou 1 ...read more.

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