Betrayal And Friendship In Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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Friendship is defined as a state of mutual trust and support between two or more parties. In the play the definition couldn’t have been better displayed. The friendships between Caesar and Brutus, Caesar and Antony, Brutus and Cassius, and Antony and Octavius displays the definition of friendship and shows the good and bad consequences of having said relationship. The reason behind such friendships were revealed by their actions and their deaths. Friendship also played a vital role in the play’s plot as the audience could use it to predict the actions each characters may take. This was important for the development of the plot and the portrayal of betrayal and tragedy. Each friendship in the play were unique and varied from person to person. …show more content…
For instance, Brutus and Caesar’s friendship was a true friendship meaning that both of them are true friends. “Et tu, Brutè”(III.i.77) When Brutus betrays Caesar, the fact that they were once true friends shocked Caesar the most. Meanwhile the friendship that developed between Brutus and Cassius was considered a false friendship where Cassius manipulated Brutus into forming a friendship with him; however, this isn’t the only friendships in the play another is between Caesar and Antony, which could be described as a mutual alliance. “Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-heed men, and such sleep a-night” (I.ii.82-83) Because Caesar wished to be surrounded by those he could trust, who is one that is less likely to think too much, he befriended Antony. The category which the friendship falls in tell the audience numerous things about the friendship itself. A true friendship is one where both parties trust each other without the need of a reason, a false friendship is where one party is deceived into befriending the other, and an alliance means that all feeling are mutual and both sides benefit evenly; however, it also means that neither side don’t necessarily have to care about each other. And each of these friendships was formed in for many different …show more content…
For example, the reasons Caesar and Brutus friendship formed was out of trust and loyalty; furthermore, the trust they had was difficult to break, and it only did when overwhelming evidence was presented to Brutus. “And so bestow these papers as you bade me.” (I.iii.151) Only when Cassius gave Brutus fabricated evidence, Brutus questioned Caesar’s ambition. Other friendships such as the one between Cassius and Brutus was formed because Cassius needed Brutus help with the assassination plot. “The noble Brutus is ascended.” (III.ii.12) Because Brutus is considered to be noble his word had a massive amount of power in Rome; furthermore, this is likely one of the few reasons that Cassius was interested in befriending Brutus other than the fact Brutus had a private army. On the other hand, reasons Caesar befriended Antony was different. The reasons for Caesar’s and Antony’s friendship was to have a person Caesar can rely on and could trust without a doubt. Despite this the reason Antony befriended Caesar was completely different, because Caesar was a ‘Caesar’ Antony would gain a considerable amount of power just by having Caesar as an ally whom could use his power to aid Antony. Despite all of reasons the friendships were formed the majority of the participants did not realize the reason the other party befriended them. In the case of Brutus and Cassius, Cassius knew why

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