Despair And Panic In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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In times of despair and panic, people look to a leader to help them out of their darkest times. Often when people are faced with tragedy, they ponder why a terrible event could occur, looking for answers to their questions. When people are in distress, they believe almost anything said to them, in an effort to ease their uncertainty. Shakespeare depicts the crowd believing anything they are told, because they want clarity. William Shakespeare writes the play Julius Caesar to prove how easy it is for people to switch sides and be persuaded, especially in times of distress and panic.
William Shakespeare introduces Flavius and Murellus in the beginning of the play to represents how easy it is to manipulate the common man. As Flavius and Murellus confront the commoners, they question their praise for Caesar’s triumph over Pompey’s blood, “Knew you not Pompey? / Have you climbed up to walls and battlements, / and there have sat / The livelong day with patient expectation / To see great Pompey pass (1.1.37-42). Murellus questions to whom their loyalty lies. The commoners previously praised Pompey and were constantly overjoyed in his presence. Now that Caesar is triumphant, the commoners praise him, forgetting about Pompey. Murellus continues to condemn the commoner’s celebration of Caesar, “And do you
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People tend to focus more on what sounds appealing in that moment, then what the actual issue is. People can be easily persuaded and manipulated if a person says the right things. When people can’t make up their minds, they have a tendency to accept the popular viewpoint, the one accepted by the masses. This can lead to an end result they may not like or expect. When people waiver in their beliefs, they create a sense of uneasiness, and are often left wondering what the truth

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