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In the story "Julius Caesar", Caesar is a great politician and general, a brave and fearless man.

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In the story "Julius Caesar", Caesar is a great politician and general, a brave and fearless man. He is aristocratic as he enters his capitol. Although he had heard all the warning stay away from the capitol, still he goes to the capitol because he never wants to be seen afraid. Shakespeare paints the picture of a complex and unusual man who is full of contradictions and ambiguity. Caesar also has a public image to maintain, as he was a successful general. Caesar is popular with some people and unpopular with other. The scene also hints that in spite of the popular acclaim for Caesar, there are some in Rome, such as the two tribunes, who fear that Caesar will become too powerful and they will lose their freedoms. This foreshadows the assassination plot that is soon to develop. This to tribunes things that if Caesar becomes powerful and strong Rome people will safer under his power so they believe they have to stop him before he takes any other step. ...read more.


Caesar also tells us that he is fearless. "had rather tell thee what it is to be feared than what I fear; for always I am a Caesar" Caesar was been offered a crown three times but he refused this shows that he things people need him and if he refuses again and again people will come to him so he can make high image front of the public this shows that he proudly and big headed. When we next see Caesar, it is the morning of the ides of March. His wife, Calpurnia, begs him not to go to the Senate on the ides of March when she cries out "'Help, ho! They murder Caesar!'" three times in her sleep, the day before Caesar's death. This and strange occurrences such as a lioness giving birth, hordes of squealing ghosts in the street and groans of dying man in the air convince Calpurnia that her husband Julius Caesar, must stay home on the "ides of March". But Caesar is however determined to go; he says that if he doesn't go then he will be showing cowardice. ...read more.


However when Decius Brutus arrives he ask Caesar to come, but Caesar tells him to tell the senators that he will be absent that day. Calpurnia tells him to plead illness, but Caesar refuses to lie. Decius then asks what reason he should offer. Caesar states that it is simply his will to stay home. He adds that Calpurnia has had a dream in which she saw his statue run with blood like a fountain, while many smiling Romans bathed their hands in the blood; she has taken this to portend danger for Caesar. But Decius Brutus persuade Caesar to go by saying that the senate is going to offer him a crown, so if he doesn't go then senate will mock his fear and reconsider offering him a crown. This persuasive tactic makes Caesar go to the capitol. Caesar is killed by the conspirator in the next scene. He refuses to let brother of Metellus Cimber to come back Rome after he has banished him. He thinks that of all man only he is fixed and numerable in his decisions. "Yet in the number I do know but one That unassailable holds on his rank Unshaked of motion; and that I am he" ...read more.

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