Essay on Character Motives in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

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Motivation can cause people to work hard and win a state championship, but it can also cause people to kill. Motivation can be defined as an internal state of a person that drives them to action for the purpose of reaching a target goal. William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a tragic drama that shows a huge variety of the different motives that fuel each character. Readers see what motivates each character, and how far that motivation takes them. Whether they are motivated by malice, jealousy, revenge, or loyalty, each character has their own incentives for their actions. Whatever motives they may have, readers see how these motives drive Cassius, Brutus, and Antony to extreme measures, and how this leads to tragic deaths in the end. In …show more content…
However, this also exposes some of the jealousy he has toward Caesar and his power. Cassius hopes that by killing Caesar, he will rise to power. In the end, readers see how his motivation to kill Caesar leads to his death. Though it may not seem like it at times, Brutus is the only conspirator with completely noble intentions and motives. Although he considers himself to be a good friend of Caesar, his love for Rome turns out to be greater than his loyalty to Caesar. In his monologue to the Roman people following Caesar’s death, he notifies them, “If then that friend demand why / Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I / loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” (III.ii.19-21). By saying this, he is letting the people know that he does love Caesar dearly, and he only kills Caesar because that was what he truly believes is best for Rome and its people. Before Caesar’s death, while being persuaded to join the conspiracy by Cassius, Brutus is manipulated into thinking that Caesar will become a tyrant and completely destroy Rome. Brutus is completely unaware of the real motives of the conspirators and is blindsided by his own motivation to restore the republic of Rome. Readers see another example of what his motives are when he says, “And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg- / Which, hatched, would as

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