Leadership In Julius Ceasar Essay

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In Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar, the use of diverse leaders plays an important role in the plot, showing vividly how strong personalities conflict. This is the case with Brutus and Cassius, the two leaders among the several conspirators. The story of Julius Caesar is set in ancient Rome during a time when Julius Caesar is to become king. This, however, angers Cassius, a nobleman, and he plots with Brutus and others to kill him before he becomes king. They do just that, justifying their actions by saying Caesar was too ambitious and would have gone insane with power. This backfires with the Roman citizens after an emotional speech by Mark Antony, Caesar’s right hand man. This forces the conspirators to flee Rome and go to war with …show more content…
These similarities of intelligence, ability to reason, and self dependence in the two make them very good leaders for others in the conspiracy to follow and obey. The characters of Brutus and Cassius are nevertheless very different in their ability to trust others. Brutus is a very trusting person, almost to the point of being naïve. He usually believes everyone is noble and has good intentions in mind. He doesn’t think people can be someone other than what they seem. This is shown with his strong opinion of Antony, “And for Mark Antony, think not of him; For he can do no more than Caesar’s arm When Caesar’s head is off” (2.1.181-183). This opinion is very far from the truth as proven in the emotional speech Antony makes following Caesar’s death. Cassius, on the other hand, was very much less trusting. He was usually suspicious of others and cautious to act. Cassius is the first to declare Antony will bring the downfall of the conspirators saying, “ A shrewd contriver; and you know his means, If he improve them, may well stretch so far As to annoy us all” (2.1.159-161). He is also against letting Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral before the citizens of Rome. His distrust in Antony, but failure to act accordingly, turns out to be a key influence to the play’s outcome. He thinks that Mark Antony, as well as with Caesar, can not be trusted to act in agreement with his plans. Brutus’ overconfidence in others was the ultimate

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