English II, per. 5
December 1, 2008
Has someone close to you, a best friend, or a wingman ever betrayed you? That is what the play “Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, by William Shakespeare is all about. In the play Julius Caesar is the new ruler of Rome. Cassius, who is conspirator, does not want him to be ruler. So Cassius skillfully convinces Brutus that he would be a better ruler of Rome than Caesar. Cassius convinces Brutus by telling stories about Caesars personality flaws that make him a weak ruler and Brutus a better one.
In the “Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, Cassius tries to convince Brutus to be King and to kill Caesar for the good of Rome. For example, when Cassius tells Brutus a story of a flood “For once, upon a raw and gusty day, The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores, Caesar said to me “Darest thou, Cassius, now Leap in with me into this angry flood, And swim to yonder point?”/Caesar cried Help me, Cassius, or I sink”(I, II, 100-104,111). This shows Caesar is weak and cannot even take care of himself. It helps Brutus because it will show Rome that Brutus would be a much stronger ruler. Another example, when Casca tells Cassius that Caesar rejected a crown three times and then “He fell down in the market place, and foamed at the mouth, and was speechless”(I, II, 252-253). This shows Caesar is not a strong ruler and shows that he has epilepsy. This helps Cassius because it will easily help him convince the citizens of Rome to over throw a ruler with epilepsy. In the end Cassius continues to try to convince Brutus to kill Caesar.
In “Julius Caesar” Cassius is willing to do anything to make Brutus the ruler and convince Brutus to help him kill Caesar. For example, Cassius tells Brutus that people are talking about him and says “I have heard where many of the best respect in Rome, speaking Brutus”(I, II, 58-60). It shows that the people of Rome want Brutus to be the ruler of Rome. This shows that Cassius want Brutus to...
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