Character Analysis of Julius Caesar

Character Analysis of Julius Caesar

  • Submitted By: thirdeardeaf
  • Date Submitted: 03/19/2009 1:56 PM
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At the beginning of the play, Julius Caesar seems a popular man, loved by most of his people. Caesar is already described to be a powerful man who has many friends in Rome. However, his aim throughout the play is to get the crown, which is a concern to many other Romans. Caesar is an ambitious man, a characteristic that sometimes clouds his judgements in the decisions he makes in the play. An example of this can be seen in Act 2 Scene 2 Lines 92 '' 107, in which Decius is able to persuade Caesar to go to the Senate-House by pretending that the crown is to be offered to him.

In the latter scenes, which Caesar is in before his murder, he is easily persuaded. This shows that he is manipulative which is not a good quality. This is seen when Decius is able to persuade Caesar to go the Senate-House in Act 2 Scene 2. However, Caesar thinks of himself to be god like but this attribute does not support that belief. This is because a god would not easily be persuaded and would not what the right decision were and would stick by that. This also shows him to be indecisive in that short part of the play. Another characteristic showing Caesar not to be god like is that either Calpurnia or he is not fertile. If he were god like, Caesar would be able to have a child thus an heir for Caesar.

Julius Caesar appears to be very commanding. This is shown in the beginning of Act 1 Scene 2 when Caesar tells Anthony to touch Calpurnia to make her fertile, and Anthony obeys without any objections. Anthony says “When Caesar says, ‘Do this’, it is performed” showing the superiority of Caesar. He is also vain as he thinks highly of himself. This can be seen in Act 2 Scene 2 Lines 41 '' 48. Here Caesar tells Calpurnia that he and Danger are twins but Caesar is the more powerful. This also shows his arrogance, as these lines are obviously incorrect. In Act 2 Scene 2, he appears to face death as “a necessary death” (L 36) showing his arrogance and how he tries to seem brave and...

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