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Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

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Julius Caesar Walter Lippmann stated, "The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on." This is accurate. A true leader prepares so that when he is no longer in control, he leaves behind people with the strength, will, and intelligence to lead, along with overall preparation to carry on. Leadership was demonstrated in the character of Julius Caesar in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Caesar was a strong leader who prepared Rome for a long-lived society, and the ability to continue without him. Characterization and irony help demonstrate these qualities and prove that Caesar left Rome prepared to continue without his leadership. His strength as a leader allowed his reign to be followed after his death. Julius Caesar was an ambitious leader. He strove for improvement, to make Rome the best community it could be. Before his death, he had planned on breaking up the Senate to give power to the common people. Not only was Caesar ambitious, but he was also admired. The people of Rome looked up to him. Marcus Brutus stated, "I honor him" (III, ii, 27-28) ...read more.

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He did what ever he thought was right, as long as it was to benefit Rome. Rome was where his true loyalty remained. Antony commented on the strength and loyalty of Brutus, "He, only in a general honest thought and common good to all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'This was a man!'" (V, iv, 78-82). Brutus's loyalty gave him ambition to improve Rome. Antony had Caesar's ability to gather respect from the people. He, like Caesar, was a wonderful speaker, and drew respect from the crowd. During Antony's speech in Act III, scene ii, Antony spoke after Caesar's death, and drew supporters of the conspirators to his cause. He received respect and support to continue Rome's legacy. Octavius Caesar had Caesar's honor. He was honorable and respected by others. He was also very noble, "Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie, most like a soldier, ordered honorably." (V, iv, 85-86) although Brutus was an enemy of Octavius, Octavius allowed Brutus's body to lie in his tent, so in the morning, he could receive a proper burial. ...read more.

Conclusion

Irony plays a large role in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Ironically, both Brutus and Cassius honored Caesar before their deaths. They honored him, but killed him, then killed themselves. Caesar's abilities were passed on into him, causing his killers to die for their deeds, as did he. One example of dramatic irony is that the audience knew Caesar's death was coming, but because Caesar was arrogant, he did not listen to any of the warnings. Instead, Caesar ignored them, and was assassinated shortly after he claimed himself the supreme ruler until his death. Then, when he died, the conspirators bathed themselves in his blood, as Calpurnia had told would happen, but Caesar had ignored her warning, and listened to Decius instead. Situational irony is when Cassius killed himself before knowing that his friend was not being murdered by the enemy, but being accepted by his army. Caesar's arrogance and pride got in the way of his good judgment, causing him to ignore all the warnings of his upcoming death. Also, Cassius killed himself before finding out all of the facts; he just assumed he knew what was going on. Irony helped demonstrate that leaders leave behind the strength, will and intelligence toe lead, along with overall preparation to carry on. ...read more.

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