English Period 2"
20 October 2014"
The Betrayal of Julius Caesar"
“For there to be betrayal, there would have to be trust first” -Susan Collins (Finest
Quotes). In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, one of the main themes is betrayal.
The meaning and significance of betrayal in the play is a breaking of trust by friends. In the play, this is done for both personal reasons and political reasons. The title character, Julius
Caesar, was a great Roman general who was idolized by the Roman people. After turning down the crown of Rome three times, Caesar agreed to become king. However, before he can take the crown, Caesar is betrayed by his closest friends, Cassius and Brutus, …show more content…
Brutus betrays his friendship with Caesar by believing what Cassius has told him about Caesar becoming a dictator and going through with the conspiracy to kill him. Brutus decided to stab Caesar in the back at the theatre of Pompey on the Ides of March (March 15), 44 BC. Brutus believed what he is did was for the best for the people of Rome. Julius Caesar died for Rome. "
The betrayal of Julius Caesar by Cassius was both political and personal. It showed the
character of Cassius to be evil as he betrayed many people in the play. For personal reasons,
Cassius is jealous of Caesar and only wants to keep his wealth and lifestyle. For political reasons, Cassius wanted control of the Roman empire (Burch). He knew that Caesar was a good leader and that the people liked him. He tried to convince the people of Rome that Caesar was a dictator. He convinced Caesar’s good friend, Brutus, to be in on a conspiracy to kill him.
He betrays Brutus by lying to him about letters Caesar sent him and feeling betrayed by Caesar after he saved him from almost drowning. He tells Brutus “this man has now become a god and
Cassius is a wretched creature and must bend his body” (Shakespeare 6). "