Heroes And Villains In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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"With any good story, you need the adversary, the heroes and villains. You need a good mixture to make it work." - Phil Keogham

William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, portrays the history of the assassination of Julius Caesar himself. Of course, you could simply just go and read about the assassination in a text book. There it would likely be more historically accurate, but why read a dull history text book when you could read (or watch) a compelling story with murder, love, conspiracy, war, and so much more written by England's national poet himself? Shakespeare was able to take something mundane and lifeless and turn it into something eventful and remarkable. He brought to life the faceless conspirators and politicians involved
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Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a hero as “A man of distinguished valor, intrepidity or enterprise in danger.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary also defines a villain as “Wicked; extremely depraved; as a villainous person or wretch.” Now that we own a basic understanding of what heroes and villains are, we can proceed to compare that with three different main characters inside Shakespeare’s …show more content…
Brutus has the most lines than any other character in the play. He was highly admired for his honor and nobleness. He seems to become the leader of the conspiracy, but spends more time convincing himself to join the conspiracy than he does in the conspiracy. He claims to love Caesar but loves Rome more. He feels that Caesar is too ambitious and he doesn't want Rome to change. He believes, after much time spent convincing himself, that if he kills Caesar that Rome will endure. He reasons he is doing the right thing for the greater good. What he doesn't realize is that when he joins the conspiracy, he becomes everything he feared Caesar to become. Brutus is just a mirror of Caesar. Both Caesar and Brutus miscalculate everything, they both are very honorable, they both are very prideful, they are both very ambitious, and they are both very powerful men in the Roman government. What Brutus doesn't realize is that even if he kills Caesar, Caesar's spirit and ambition still live on in him. Brutus starts a civil war when he leads the conspiracy and kills Caesar. Instead of bringing peace to Rome as he hoped, he brings chaos and death. As we can see, Brutus acts on what he believes is valor and honorable; his actions before the conspiracy make him our said

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