Language in "Julius Caesar"

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The tragedy of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is driven forth by the actions of those who have been manipulated by the sly language of Cassius, Brutus, Antony, and others. Titinuis stating "Alas, though hast misconstrued everything" sums up the play best because a few misleading remarks by Cassius, Antony, Decius, and Brutus led to the deaths of Julius Caesar, 100 Roman senators, and Cassius, Titinius, Portia, Brutus, and lets not forget poor Cinna the Poet. In Julius Caesar, many Romans meet their demise. After the assassination of Julius Caesar, four people commit suicide- Portia, Cassius, Titinius, and Brutus, all because of manipulative language. The title character, Julius Caesar, has gone down as one of the greatest Roman emperors, and even though he was assassinated, and Rome is now just a city in Italy, he is still the true emperor of Rome. Cassius, Brutus, and Antony persuade each other, and the common people to commit acts of violence and bloodshed. In the beginning of the play, Cassius uses his sly tongue, and wit, to manipulate Brutus to join the conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar. For example, Cassius states, in an attempt to incite Brutus against Caesar, "Ye gods, it doth amaze me, a man of such feeble temper should bear the palm alone!". Here, Cassius is hinting to Brutus that Caesar is too weak, and the a stronger man (perhaps Brutus) should have the throne. Cassius knows that Brutus wants what's best for Rome. In addition, Cassius tells Brutus embarrassing stories of his childhood with Caesar, and how weak and sickly the young Julius was. This is adding emphasis that Caesar is not fit for the throne. Cassius also doesn't like the idea of having to bow to a man who is obviously weaker than he. Lastly, Cassius says "I am glad that my weak words struck but thus much show of fire from Brutus". Cassius is implying that he hadn't intended to set Brutus off but he rattled his cage a bit anyway. Cassius is trying to draw all suspicion away from...
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