Loyalty In Julius Caesar

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The foundation of any well maintained and genuine relationship is primarily based on the idea of an expectation of loyalty. Loyalty is the faithfulness or devotion to a person, cause, or nation, and staying with this allegiance no matter what. The only difficulty with loyalty is that in order to gain favorable results, it is critical to put loyalty into the right cause. William Shakespeare, the playwright of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, demonstrates drastic changes and shifts of loyalty from friends to foe throughout his work. Though this play includes many changes of loyalty between people, these people still remain devoted to their origin. Unsound loyalty may induce calamitous results, but putting loyalty towards the correct cause can create …show more content…
Cassius put all of his loyalty into the conspiracy, but mainly into Brutus. On many occasions, Cassius suggests intelligent ideas that are shut down immediately by Brutus. One instance is when Cassius asks for the conspirators to take an oath. With no hesitation, Brutus fires back with the comment, “No, not an oath. / […] / If these be motives weak, break off bedtimes, / And every man hence to his idle bed (II.i.114, 116-117). Though it is not as impactful as other actions, it is the beginning of Brutus’ rise to power. Right after this happens, Cassius interjects with another one of his insightful ideas: to kill Marc Antony. Though he explains his reasoning, stating that he is afraid Antony will go against the conspirators, Brutus disagrees yet again stating that Antony will just die on his own without Caesar. Brutus fears that with killing Antony, the commoners will begin to wonder if this assassination of Caesar was really done for the greater good of Rome. Later in the story, Cassius suggests that it would be in the best interest of the army if they stayed back at Sardis and did not move towards Philippi. As usual, Brutus disagrees stating that it would be better to meet Antony and Octavius’ army before they gain more support. Since he doesn’t believe Cassius’s idea is an intelligent battle strategy, his wrong judgement will ultimately lead to disaster. Though Cassius is loyal, as …show more content…
Marc Antony’s loyalty to Caesar throughout the play shows how being loyal to a cause you will fight for brings good merits in the end. However, the plebeians and Brutus, whom put their loyalty into the wrong causes, ended up in complete failure. Brutus was extremely disloyal to his past friend, which eventually led to his downfall. A cut in the body will eventually heal; however, a cut in the heart is destined to last a lifetime. This cut of betrayal is rarely associated by the doings at the hand of an enemy. The person on the other side of the knife is the determinant of the severity of that

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