The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Reflects the Reality of Politcs in the Ph

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The Philippines is known to have been through a lot of corruption especially during the Marcos era. Tyranny was prevalent. Absolute power, whether is a king, president or a protector is not only alien to our idea of "democratic decision" but without fail, gets to be arbitrary despotic and corrupt. Tyranny was at its height during martial law, which began September 1972. William Shakespeare reveals his perception of a corrupt society in his play "Julius Caesar" . This play is about the assassination of Julius Caesar, dictator of Rome. His assassination by the conspirators , Brutus and Cassius was brought about by a lot of motives. Cassius' purpose is merely his envy and his greed for power. Brutus is concerned for the good of Rome. He did not want Rome to suffer in the hands of a tyrant. Caesar's character is not only judged by what he says or does but mostly what others think of him. To the common people he is a hero, but to the sonspirators he is a traitor to Rome. It is evident that Caesar can easily be moved by flattery which led to his death. Shortly before his death, he didn't want to go to the capital because he gave in to Calpurnia's fears that he might get killed. However, Decius , one of the conspirators played with his vanity by interpreting Calpurnia's dream in a way that would flatter him. This proves that he masks his fears because he wants to cast himself in the role of a god. The play "Julius Caesar" has its similarity in the person of Ferdinand Marcos. The rise of Ferdinand Marcos began when he pursued law at the University of the Philippines College of Law. During his senior year, he was accused of the murder of Julio Nalundasan, his father's opponent in the election who won. Marcos defended himself in court but was eventually pronounced guilty. While in prison, he reviewed for the Bar examination. In addition to graduating with honors in his law class, Marcos topped the bar. During the war, he served as a guerilla where he was awarded medals of recognition. He became one of the most decorated hero of the Philippines, eclipsing even the most recognized leaders of the resistance against the Japanese. Marcos gained the support of his and Imelda's family when they were wedded. In the election of 1965, Marcos then a senator changed affiliation and became the candidate for president of the Nacionalista Party. With the help of his wife, he easily won against reelectionist Diosdado Macapagal. His program of government included: (1)production of more rice and the diversification of crops (2)implementation of land reform program (3)community development in order to "strengthen further the social, economic and political base". Marcos did his best to achieve each of his objectives. Mrs. Marcos played a big role in his political career, not like Calpurnia who was more like Caesar's underdog. She led a campaign for the relief of the poor and the less fortunate, obtained funds for the cure of the lepers and was active in cultural affairs as well. Through her efforts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) was built to give artists-painters, sculptors, writers, etc.-a chance to prove their worth by giving them the facilities of the center. During his first term, President Marcos was able to achieve the following: (1)increased rice and corn production (2) the construction of roads and bridges, including the substantial portion of the Philippine-Japan Friendship highway that would link Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (3)the revival of intellectual renaissance through the First Lady's patronage and involvement in the arts and (4) the construction of more school houses and (5) the rehabilitation of irrigation systems; the intensification of cooperative movement and the vigorous implementation of land reform. However, the Marcos administration still encountered a lot of problems. These problems include : (1) worsening of peace and order situation (2) the...
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