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William Shakespeare wrote one of his most famous works on Julius Caesar's life.

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Julius Caesar Essay Many outstanding literature writers based their stories on historical events. Julius Caesar's life was one of the most well-known and tragic events from the past. Julius was an overpowering Roman general and dictator who was violently stabbed to death. While he lived, Caesar conquered numerous lands and brought prosperity to Rome. William Shakespeare wrote one of his most famous works on Caesar's life. His story tells of how Cassius' hatred and Brutus' betrayal eventually lead to the loss of this great general. His death causes a civil war in which Brutus and Cassius fall to their death. Shakespeare's story tells how Caesar's overpowering manner and fatal flaws directly correlate to his death. Caesar's attitude compels him to develop a na�ve mind-set when he faces situations. He believes that he posses Godly characteristics and nothing will afflict pain and suffering on him. His attitude leads Cassius to believe that Caesar places himself on a pedestal above everyone else. Cassius resents this greatly and tries to convince Brutus to join the conspirators and help them to plot against Caesar. Cassius works to convince Brutus by saying, Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world. Like a colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves. ...read more.

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Caesar's self-glorified attitude and tactics of controlling a city act as an act of revenge, which eventually returns to haunt him. Even thought Caesar's attitude turns others against him, he gains encouragement through the honor and pride he shares with Rome. He also attains consolation from asking others for advice. Calphurnia, his wife, begs him to stay home because of a premonition that came to her the night before. Despite the covetous pull to go to the Senate, Caesar feels tremendous respect towards his wife and agrees to stay home. He agrees by saying, "Mark Antony shall say I am not well, and for thy humor, I will stay at home." (II, ii, 55-56) Caesar's honor overtakes him and he agrees to stay home to please Calphurnia, which shows how much respect he feels for her because at this time, men never listened or cared for their wives. Even though Caesar agrees to stay home, he refuses to lie to the men about why he will not be attending the meeting. He says, Shall Caesar send a lie? Have I in conquest stretched mine arms so far To be afeard to tell graybeards the truth? (II, ii, 65-67) ...read more.

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Caesar's honor sometimes disguises his doubts about people and causes him to trust others too easily. Julius always seemed suspicious of Cassuis and his motives, but he usually ignored this nagging feeling within him. On March 14, 44 BC, Antony and Caesar discuss many issues and Cassius' suspicious manner is brought into view. Caesar expresses his unsure feelings when he says, Let me have men around me that are fat Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous. ... Would he be fatter! But I fear him not. Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid. So soon as that spare Cassius. (I, ii, 192-195, 198-201) As Caesat expands on his doubts about Cassius, Antony reassures him that Cassius is a good man. Caesar argues that Cassius is a suspicious man, and then he and Antony go and discuss their views on other issues. Caesar's conceited attitude contributes to his trusting personality. He senses that Cassius has something up his sleeve, but Caesar trusts that Cassius would not act upon his suspicions. His ability to push his doubts about Cassius away contributes to his death because Cassius ends up being the first person to stab and kill Caesar. ...read more.

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