Sympathy In Julius Caesar

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The play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, is written taking place with a very powerful and rogue ruler, Julius Caesar, and focuses on Brutus' struggle between the adverse demands of patriotism, honor, and friendship. Within the play, Shakespeare sympathizes with Caesar’s conspirators and is very much in favor of a democracy rather than one, powerful ruler as depicted in the play. And, as Shakespeare was writing this play, he was trying to convince the audience to take the conspirators’ side, rather that Caesar’s.
Within the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare very much sympathizes with Caesar’s conspirators rather than Caesar himself. There are very many conspirators to Julius Caesar in this play, such
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Yes, more. Rant and rave until your proud heart breaks;-” (Act IV, Scene iii-iiii). Cassius was depicted to have a lot of emotional feelings, where he was deeply hurt by the argument he had with Brutus, which shows that he has a need for personal friendship. This quote displays that Shakespeare is very much sympathizing with Cassius and trying to make him look a little better as a character. “Cassius: Guide the sword. Caesar, you have your revenge, Even with the sword that killed you. Dies.” (Act V, Scene iii). On these few lines, Cassius exhibits a great amount of dignity, choosing to kill himself rather than be humiliated in defeat. By the end of the play, Cassius seems to be a different character than he was in the opening acts. He has lost all of his confidence and arrogance, but he accepts the end to his life in a very calm manner. “Casca: O, he sits high in all the people's hearts, And that which would appear offense in us, His countenance, like richest alchemy, Will change to virtue and to worthiness” (Act I, Scene iii). On these few lines, Casca is talking about Brutus and how good of a person and leader that he is. Shakespeare increases sympathy for Brutus by emphasizing his many positive qualities through the entire play. Other conspirators and even his enemies draw praise towards …show more content…
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar was said to have been written in 1599 and had taken place in classical Rome. At the time that Shakespeare wrote this play, the English were governed by a monarch, or individual ruler. And in Rome, their republic was founded in 509 BCE, and was a republican government that included three different institutions. And, during their republic’s final decades, there was also a dictator, the position that Julius Caesar was in when he was assassinated. I believe that the way Shakespeare depicted Julius Caesar in the play, was as a merciless tyrant that ruled Rome. Caesar, realistically, stood unchallenged by any political threat, and he used that opportunity to force the senate into making him Rome’s dictator for life. Caesar, also, put an end to the Roman Republic and was a huge part in beginning the Roman Empire. So, since Shakespeare basically sees Julius Caesar as a failure as a leader of Rome, because he got assassinated, and as a tyrant, then that would have to mean that Shakespeare is in favor more of a democracy and less of a

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