Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar Essay

The establishing of relationships between the characters, in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, reveals the individual character’s true nature and motives of having that friendship. The play questions the character conscience and reveals to the reader on the personal value of their friendships and reveals whether these relationships were established based solely on true friendship or were forged for the purposed of a political alliance.

The relationship between Brutus and Caesar is not a true friendship as it is just merely a political alliance forged by Brutus, in order to successfully carry out the conspiracy. In the plays second scene, along time before the conspiracy forms, Brutus tells Cassius that, “I love him well” when referring to Caesar. At first this suggests that these characters were true friends, however this evidently changes after Brutus establishes himself into the conspiracy against Caesar. Firstly, Brutus cannot be called a true friend of Caesar because he is now trying to kill this very man. He attempts to justify himself in saying “Tis not that I don't like him, but for the general good” but this is does not justify a true friendship. Brutus has made the decision to outweigh what he calls “the general good” of Rome over the life and his friendship with Caesar, clearly dissolving any aspect left of true friendship which Caesar believes they still have. As all this conspiring is taking place, Caesar still unknowingly believes that Brutus is still his good friend, allowing Brutus to use this to his advantage as Caesar does not expect a “true” friend to be a threat. The evidence of this is clear in Antony’s soliloquy after Caesars death. He states that Brutus was “Caesar's angel” and “Caesar loved him” showing that Caesar valued Brutus as what he believed to be a true friend. Brutus is definitely not Caesars true friend by his action but forges this friendship in order to achieve his goal of murdering...
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