A person of great power has a large amount of control and influence over the vast majority of the population that they lead. Often times, their leadership position was gained through manipulation of the people as they try to sell themselves to them. This manipulation also affects any competition for that leadership position because a common technique to sway someone’s opinion is to make the competition look bad which then makes the people look down on the competition, causing the opposing side’s chances of success to plummet. William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar demonstrates this as a tale of manipulation leads to the downfall of the weaker link. Cassius, Mark Antony and Julius Caesar have perfected the art of manipulation as they are
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Despite the good intentions of Brutus, the intentions of the manipulator, Cassius, are reflected in the actual murder because of how violent it was, showing that Cassius got what he wanted in the end through his effective manipulation of Brutus. This also reflects Shakespeare’s opinion on manipulation because of how Cassius was able to get his way while controlling Brutus which actually for a short time made him more powerful because now that Caesar is dead, the people see Brutus as the primary murderer.
The plebeians are the number one target of manipulation in this play and for good reason, they are easy to sway. Mark Antony notices this and during his speech at Caesar’s funeral where he manipulates them to the point that they turn on the conspirators. He says “In every wound of Caesar that should move the stones of Rome to rise and mutiny,” (Act III Scene II 242-243) and this motivates them to join his side as they reply “We’ll mutiny,” fueling his army and making him stronger in a fight against Brutus and the conspirators. Caesar also manipulates the plebeians as he turns down the crown 3 times which makes the plebeians think that he will be a great, humble leader. This act also makes the plebeians oblivious to the actual common good and allows them to follow Caesar so when he is killed, Brutus becomes the most wanted man in Rome. Both of these manipulations cause the