The conspiracy of Julius Caesar. Is Brutus right in joining the conspiracy?

Topics: Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, Augustus Pages: 3 (773 words) Published: August 21, 2007
A conspiracy is defined as a combination of persons for an evil or unlawful purpose. In the play 'Julius Caesar' by William Shakespeare a group of conspirators, with different motives, plan to assassinate Julius Caesar, a powerful leader of Rome.

Brutus a supporter of the republic and powerful public figure is a man with good intentions but was a tragic flaw. Brutus is seen as a respectable character and noble man but it shown to be easily fooled and manipulated. Brutus is also a conspirator in the murder of Julius Caesar.

Brutus tragic flaw is an important part on the play and his reasons for joining the conspiracy. His flaw is that he is too idealistic and makes his decisions while expecting the best of people. By expecting everyone is as noble as himself, he is gullible and naive.

Brutus has 2 main motives that are linked, for joining the conspiracy. His first motive is fear that Caesar will become corrupted by power and will forget about Rome. This following quote uses personification of ambition.

"The lowliness is young ambitions ladder,whereto the climber - upward turns his face;But when he once attains the upmost round,He then into the ladder turns his back,"(2.2.22-25)This quote is Brutus saying the Caesar will climb the ladder of ambition, each the top and not look back down at the citizens of Rome. This fear then leads Brutus to believe that killing Caesar will be for the good of Rome, his second motive.

"And therefore think him as a serpent's egg.

(Which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous)And kill him in his shell"(2.1.32-24)In the quote Brutus is comparing Caesar to a snake to show that even though Caesar is a good leader now, like all leaders eventually he will be corrupted and he must be killed before that happens. Brutus believes he must kill Caesar to avoid a one- man rule and for the good of the country. His tragic flaw allows him to be fooled into this by the other conspirators. Brutus believes his motives are...

Bibliography: ulius Caesar edited by Marvin Spevack
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