Analysis Of The Opening Act, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Blaise Pascal’s notion that people are generally better persuaded by the ideas they themselves have discovered rather than those which have been given to them, is evident Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Throughout the play Shakespeare is able to demonstrate this notion through his use of soliloquy. In the opening act, Cassius’ soliloquy conveys his true intentions and ambitions. This is followed by Brutus’ soliloquy, in which Brutus wrestles his decision to join the conspiracy against Caesar. Finally, following Caesar’s death, Antony presents his soliloquy in which he reveals his deceptive nature, and the real reasons behind his actions.
Shakespeare uses Cassius’ soliloquy to demonstrate the notion that people are more easily motivated by their own pre-existing ideas, rather than the ideas of others. Shakespeare uses soliloquy to convey this notion, because there are no other dynamics involved, meaning that Cassius can express his true feelings. In his soliloquy, Cassius reveals his true ambitions in regards to Caesar. Cassius is overwhelmed by jealousy and fears that Caesar is gaining too much control over Rome, motivating him to plan the conspiracy against Caesar. The simile “Like a Colossus, and we petty men / Walk under his huge legs and peep about” equates Caesar to a giant statue of the Greek God Apollo, claiming that with his rise to power other Romans will be disempowered. Cassius is the mastermind behind the scheme to assassinate Caesar, controlling the actions taking…

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