Literary Essay - Julius Caesar

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Literary Essay - Julius Caesar As humans, none of us are entirely good or entirely evil. It is the same with the characters in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. While many are portrayed as good or evil, none really are. This can be more easily explained through the characters Brutus, Marc Antony and Julius Caesar.

From the very first mention of Brutus the audience is told that he is the most honorable man in Rome. This would persuade us to believe that he is a good character. From the beginning this is true, but not too far into the play, after some coaxing by Cassius, Brutus' more evil side is revealed. He contributes to the plot of killing Caesar and says in Act II scene 1 line 10 "It must be by his death…" This alone is totally the opposite of what an honorable man would do. Nevertheless, he tries to redeem himself by adding in Act II scene 1 line 11-12 "I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general." So we are led to believe that "sacrificing" Caesar is and honorable thing being done for the Roman people not just a well organized murder. This is one example of how no one is entirely good.

Next is Caesar's right hand man, Marc Antony. He loved Caesar very much and was deeply saddened when Caesar was murdered. After this event, he persuades Brutus to let him speak at Caesar's funeral as a friend. Act III scene 1 line 227-230 "And am moreover suitor that I may produce his body to the market place; and in the pulpit, as becomes a friend, speak in the order of his funeral" The real reason why Antony wanted to speak at the funeral was to let the people know that Brutus murdered Caesar for no good reason. He expresses his success in Act III scene 2 line 270-271 "Belike they has some notice of the people, how I had moved them." Marc Antony never forgives Brutus and the other conspirators for murdering Caesar and even goes to war with them because of it. Antony fighting for his friend's death shows that he is good. But he tricks...
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