The Spirit of Caesar

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In a sense, the spirit of Gaius Julius Caesar is greater than Caesar himself. As Cassius stated in Julius Caesar, "Alas, [Caesar] cried, 'Give me some drink, Titinius,' As a sick girl. . .it doth amaze me a man of such feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone" (7), Caesar himself was a physically weak man. His power came from those who loved him.

Throughout the play, there are multiple instances of Caesar's infirmities being revealed. Along with the above quote that references to a time when Caesar had a fever and became weak, Cassius also recalls when Caesar was swept away by the Tiber's current and was helped by Cassius. At another point in the play, Caesar asks Antony to move to his other side because Caesar is deaf in one ear.

There are also many points where he is praised by citizens and Marcus Antonius. In Act I Scene I, Casca tells that Antony offered Caesar a crown, and all the citizens cheered for him to accept the crown. Although Caesar fainted from the stench of the crowd, when he came to and apologized, the citizens cheered for him once again. Casca remarked, "If Caesar had stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less," (11).

Julius Caesar has always been known as a powerful man in Roman history, and not without good reason. Unfortunately, it is only the spirit of him as a powerful leader lives on. Caesar was a great man, but he was not a perfect man, as many people made him out to be.
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