Examples Of Loyalty In Julius Caesar

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The Oxford dictionary defines loyalty as “A strong feeling of support or allegiance”. Loyalty is an important quality that can seriously impact one’s decisions. It is very present and plays a big role in the plot of Julius Caesar. It is Brutus’ and Antony 's differing senses of loyalty that drive their actions and words concerning Caesar in William Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar. The character’s loyalties decide how they act towards Caesar before his death. These loyalties also cause actions related to and around the time of Caesar’s death. Finally, the senses of loyalty that Brutus and Antony pocess cause what happens after Caesar’s death. These senses of loyalty are a crucial part of the plot that get the conflict arising early on. Brutus’ …show more content…
Firstly, these loyalties determine their actions towards Caesar when he returns from killing Pompey. Antony’s strong loyalty makes him assist Caesar. Before the race Caesar tells Antony, “Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,/ To touch Calphurnia” (1.2.6-7) and Antony agrees. This demonstrates Antony’s loyalty to Caesar and how he acts helpfully towards him. Brutus on the other hand did the opposite towards Caesar after his return to Rome. At this point, he is loyal to Rome so he opposes Caesar and plans to harm him. When Cassius is first trying to sway Brutus into joining the conspiracy, Brutus says, “If it be aught toward the general good,/ Set honour in one eye and death i’ the other” (1.2.85-86). This demonstrates how Brutus does anything, including suffer death, and oppose Caesar being crowned for the greater good of Rome. Their senses of loyalty also influence how they speak about and towards Caesar in private. Antony is loyal to Caesar, and speaks to him …show more content…
It is loyalty that decides whether the characters attempt to cause or prevent the murder. Antony’s loyalty to Caesar makes him try and prevent the death. Because the conspirators know Antony loves Caesar, he is taken away by Trebonius moments before Caesar is killed. When discussing Trebonius’ cue, Cassius assures Brutus, “Trebonius knows his time; for, look you, Brutus,/ He draws Mark Antony out of the way” (3.1.25-26). Antony’s known loyalty to Caesar makes him be taken away as to not stop the murder of Caesar. Antony would attempt to prevent Caesar 's death whereas Brutus causes the death. Brutus’ loyalty to Rome makes him the one to do the final stab that finishes Caesar off. When Brutus kills Caesar, Caesar’s last words are, “Et tu Brute? Then Fall Caesar” (3.1.77). This shows Brutus’ loyalty with the conspiracy and with Rome which causes him to kill Caesar. It is also loyalty that shows how the characters react to Caesar’s death in their speeches at his funeral. Antony’s resting love for Caesar is shown in his speech. At the beginning of the speech he

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