The Public and Private Life
In William'’ Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," there is a conflict in the characters public and private lives. The major characters, Julius Caesar, Brutus, Cassius and Antony, all experienced these conflicts. All actions these characters perform represent conflicts between the benefit of Rome and their own sense of honor, emotions and love for each other. Caesar is trying to form a new political system in Rome called dictatorship. Even though he has the ambition to become the emperor of Rome, he understands it is not the right moment to do so. He refuses the crown in front of the public and he cannot hide his big desire of being a king. His ambition has been shown through his actions. Although his refusals have earned him the public's adoration, Cassius and Casca are disgusted by the spectacle. Casca reports that the “rabblement hooted . . . when Caesar refused the crown" (1, ii, 254-258). The conspirators who decide to stand up against him have caught his personal ambition. Even though Calpurnia’s dream about the beast providing an omen to warn Caesar, "When beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes"(2, ii, 30-33) she tries to convince him to stay home by the beliefs in their time that her prediction would come true. He still doesn't listen to his wife and refuses to stay home. Calpurnia didn't give up and tried to warn him several times. He was almost getting convinced but when Decius comes and says, " Senate have concluded to give...crown"(2 ii 93-94). Decius manipulates Caesar in saying that so he decides to go. Caesar's public self takes priority to push him to go. Also, his decision to take care of public first keeps him from reading Artemidorus's letter. Because of his act of putting the public interests first that made him deal with real consequences afterwards. At the end, Caesar’s last word is “Et Tu Brute?”(3, i, 84-85). Because he realizes that he has...
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