Content evidence quotes, cited and explained Honors English 10 Format: English Dept. Format 4 March, 2013 Style: Vobabulary
Effects of Caesar’s Rise to Power
The Roman's godlike worship of Caesar threatens the prominence of the Senate. To retain his dominance Mark Antony chooses to become a close ally to him. Cassius, Brutus, and the other conspirators however, plot Caesar’s demise. In the end, Mark Antony finds high esteem and the conspirators receive banishment and death. The play is an example, or maybe even a warning, that our actions and reactions have real effects. Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Cinna, Trebonius, and Cimber respond swiftly and without thought to Caesar’s rise and pay a heavy price for it in the end. Mark Antony sees the worth in being Caesar’s friend, and their friendship benefits him when Caesar is dead. In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare the principal characters' initial reactions to Caesar’s rise affect their conclusive outcomes.
Caesar took advantage of his popularity among the plebeians of Rome to declare himself the Dictator for Life. His rise causes tension between him and fellow Senators because his power completes that of the Senate. The senators are afraid that their role in the government is becoming obsolete. Brutus says in his speech defending the decision to kill Caesar, “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves,/ than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” (Shakespeare Caesar, III.ii. 23-24) The conspirators reason that as Caesar gaines power, they would lose theirs. His assassination is not a selfless act but Brutus argues that it benefits everyone that he is dead. Whether or not it truly helps everyone or just the Senators is questionable. Mark Antony, though, takes a different approach.
Mark Antony chooses to become an ally of Caesar and ultimately succeeds in the public eye....