Theme Of Flattery In Julius Caesar

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Flattery can make even the thickest skinned people believe you. A person can use just their words to persuade their audience. It’s an easy way to manipulate someone to do what you want. Throughout the play Julius Caesar, flattery is used to manipulate and convince the other characters.
By using flattery, Antony is able to bring the Plebeians to his side through his speeches at Caesar’s funeral. First, “The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious… And Brutus is an honourable man” (III,ii,77-87). Antony constantly gives credit to the conspirators, especially Brutus. He repeatedly shows that the other speakers at Caesar’s funeral were honorable too. This allows him to seem like he isn 't blaming them or saying they are bad people. He
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First, “Your statue spouting blood in many pipes, In which so many smiling Romans bathed, Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck surviving blood, and that great men shall press For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance” (II,ii,85-89). Decius uses flattery to lead Caesar to where he will be killed. Decius is using Calpurnia 's dream to manipulate Caesar into going with him. He does this saying it’s a praise to him. Decius is telling Caesar that Calpurnia is misinterpreting the dream when she thinks it’s a warning. He tells Caesar it only shows that the people of Rome will stand by him and appreciate all that he’s done for them. He is trying to flatter him with these great thoughts about the interpretation of her dream. Second, Decius tells Caesar to go to their meeting because he loves Rome and will do anything for it. Decius manipulates Caesar by convincing him he’d be letting Rome down if he didn’t go to that meeting. He wants Caesar to think it is a bad idea to stay home, and he will upset many people if he does. He wants Caesar to see that he is being irrational when he says that he is worried about going. This finally convinces Caesar to go to their meeting. Finally, if Decius tells Caesar he is loved by everyone, and if he flatters Caesar enough to convince him he’s safe, then Decius can get Caesar to come with him so he can be killed. Caesar, like anyone, loves to hear that …show more content…
The flattery in this play allows the story to unfold and be shaped the way it is. It leads to Brutus joining the conspirators. It allows Caesar to be killed. It also allows Antony to bring the Plebeians to his side. Without flattery, the storyline could not

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