Trust In Julius Caesar Research Paper

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Humans tend to perceive themselves as the epitome of all species, when they are actually one of the weakest races ever to wander the Earth, shown by William Shakespeare in his play, Julius Caesar. In this tragedy, the soon-to-be king, Julius Caesar, is brutally stabbed to death by his friends and other members of the Roman Senate because they are scared of him, which then leads to many bloody battles. The play mainly focuses on the internal conflicts that the characters struggle with as the story moves along. By using the characters, Shakespeare teaches the audience about what humanity has become, and why this causes them to make foolhardy decisions with such drastic consequences. He shows that humans only make decisions based on what can benefit…show more content…
There can always be that ‘what if instead’ factor that can change any person’s mind into going against the deal they had originally made. Shakespeare shows this in his play when certain character’s make the decision to turn against their original ally. In the beginning of the play, Cassius and the rest of the conspirators are trying to convince Brutus to join their cause, with their end goal being the murder of Caesar, Brutus’s lifelong friend, who has done no harm to anyone. Brutus even tells Cassius that “I love him well,” showing their undying friendship (JC I. ii. 91).Yet Cassius manages to convince Brutus simply by using varying degrees of guilt and flattery. Even that should not have been enough to make one friend kill another, especially because Brutus and Caesar have never before had any reason to hate each other. After the brutal deed has been done, the conspirators bring Marc Antony back to the Senate house to explain their situation. He seems to understand the situation, even going so far as to “Let each man render me his bloody hand,” which makes it look like Marc Antony does not blame the conspirators (JC III. i. 201). However, the minute the murderers leave, Marc Antony proclaims, “Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!” (JC III. i. 284). He turns on Brutus and his companions in less than five minutes, even after agreeing to not stir up any trouble and more importantly, after they graciously allowed him to speak at his beloved Caesar’s funeral. Shakespeare puts these instances of betrayal in to further the idea that the human characteristic of trustworthiness is rare, and that they do not base their decisions based on good

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