Analysis Of ' The Ides Of August ' By William Shakespeare Essay

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The Ides of March recalls a day where a man named Marcus Junius Brutus participated in the assassination of his dear friend Julius Caesar for what he assumed to be the best option for Rome. Brutus wanted Rome to continue as a democratic empire and feared Caesar was becoming both a tyrant and a dictator. He became what many would call a tragic hero today as he was born to a noble family and suffered a calamity. William Shakespeare however created a different understanding to the term by adding opposing desires, hesitation, and doubt before the deed is done.
Lucius Junius Brutus, the ancestor of Marcus Brutus led a revolution and created the Roman Republic in 509 B.C. He defeated the tyrannical king and started the democracy of Rome. Brutus is pressured to maintain the family legacy and name. He also strives to continue the oath of his ancestor that does not allow another king to rule Rome. While trying to persuade Marcus Brutus to join Cassius’s cause, Cassius mentioned the feets of Lucius Brutus, “There was a Brutus once that would have brooked / Th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome / As easily as a king” (I. ii. 159-161). The tragedy of Brutus was that the morals he stood for and personal the character traits he pertained led to his ultimate downfall. He suffered a catastrophe when he thought that by doing what he did was for heroic reasons. The other conspirators were doing so for greed and resent towards Caesar while Brutus was “... a truly gentle, noble man, kind…

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