Julius Caesar had a big influence on the entire tragedy. After his death, he continued to influence the actions of all of his noble peers. Everything that happens after Caesar is killed is connected to him in some way.
For example after Caesar’s death Brutus tells all the citizens of Rome: “had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” This made the citizens think that Caesar was a power seeker who did not care for the people of Rome. Then Mark Antony contradicts everything that Brutus has told the Romans by saying: “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made for sterner stuff?” Which represents that Caesar was a very caring leader for his people.
Although the tragic hero of the story was Brutus, the entire play was based upon the death of Julius Caesar. Antony used the death of Caesar to influence a civil war in Rome and formed an army with Octavius. Shakespeare made it seem as though all of Rome was totally in love with Caesar and everything revolved around him. Before the brutal death of Caesar it was apparent that all of the people with the exception of Brutus and his noble friends wanted Caesar to lead Rome. For example Brutus says: “I do fear the people Choose Caesar for their king.” Brutus was threatened by the love that Caesar felt by his Romans.
Brutus was a very honorable man but he was almost over taken by his honor, and he was almost obsessed with ridding Rome with this man who he claimed was “ambitious.” But in the end of the play Brutus says “Caesar, now be still; I killed not thee with half so good a will.” This shows that even through all of this Brutus still had a spec of respect for the noble Julius Caesar and it almost seems as though he regrets killing him.
In the end, The tragedy was named correctly for Caesar because even in the very end, the effects of Caesar’s death were very apparent.
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