The Character of Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare's Play
In William Shakespeare's ‘Julius Caesar’, honor is displayed as a
prominent theme throughout the play. Honor is having great respect for
others, regardless of their status in society; and performing great
deeds not for personal gain but for the good of others. Marcus Brutus
is an example of an honorable man; Caius Cassius, however, is not.
When Brutus joined the conspiracy against Caesar, he did it solely for
the good of Rome. Unlike all the other men, Brutus justified his
motive for murder: Brutus feared that Caesar would alter his attitude
when he was crowned emperor: "He would be crown'd/ ...view middle of the document...
He is an idealist; he doesn't
think about the consequences of Caesar's murder. For example, when
Cassius presented the idea of swearing an oath of secrecy within the
conspiracy, Brutus assumes that all of the other men were as noble as
he and would not tell anyone of their plans. However, one man betrayed
the conspiracy and Caesar was warned.
Cassius' forethought is one thing he holds over Brutus, as he thinks
about the possible outcomes in Caesar's murder. He suggested killing
Marc Anthony along with Caesar, however, Brutus said: "Our course will
seem too bloody.../Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers..."
(II,i,162/166). Brutus didn't want to kill Antony and Cassius backed
down immediately. Cassius is also weak minded and changes how he feels
when someone disagrees with him. He suggested that Cicero join the
conspiracy by saying, "What of Cicero? Shall we sound him?/I think he
will stand very strong with us." (II,i,141-2). Brutus responds in
protest by saying, "O name him not: Let us not break with him: For he
will never follow anything That other men begin." (II,i,150-3).
Cassius vetoed his idea without arguement. For one to be...