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Why Is Julius Caesar Bad
Julius Caesar in the play "The tragedy of Julius Caesar" was a in line to be the next ruler of Ancient Rome. Caesar becomes drunk in power as most people would when there are roughly a million people adoring you. The people of Ancient Rome truly liked Caesar, in fact in Act 1 Scene 1, a commoner says "..we are taking holiday for Caesar's arrival.." In this act the reader gets a sense on how much the people like Caesar. However it is also shown to the reader how much noblemen do not like or trust Caesar to be a good leader. Throughout Act 1 and 2 Cassius is trying to convince Brutus, one of Caesar's good friends, to help them murder Caesar so he could take the crown. Brutus and his followers believe they are doing a service to the people. That in some way sacrificing Caesar is for the better good. However this being said Caesar's death was not a sacrifice it was a butchery, there is no need to go out and kill someone. …show more content…
By the hands of his trusted friends. For this reason alone his death was a butchery and not a sacrifice. True friends do go out plotting someone's death because they rose to power. It was clear that Caesar was not aware of the plan to kill even though he was warned many times. The night before Caesar was suppose to go to the Senate house to meet up with his "friends" his wife, Calpurnia, has a dream that Caesar's statue runs with blood. Foreshadowing his death. Caesar then agreed to stay home for his wife's sake. However come the next day he is convinced by one of his servants to go to the capitol because there was a rumor that he was going to be given the crown. It was at the Senate house where he dies. His last words were "Et tu, Brute?", which is Latin for "and you, Brutus?" If his death was a sacrifice in Caesar's last words won't be questioning his so called

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