Conspiracy; the act of secretly devising a plan to do harm. In the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a nobleman rose to power and authority by being true to himself and loving his nation, this man’s name was Julius Caesar.
However, behind the scenes, his reign wasn’t the sweetest. In fact, the Tragedy of Julius Caesar explains his downfall all the way down to sweet betrayal by a conspirator named Brutus. Caesar considered Brutus a close friend and always counted on him to be there, but that changed when Cassius convinced Brutus that Caesar wanted to install himself as Monarch. However, brutus was persuaded to join the group of conspirators. Brutus was not right to join the conspiracy against Caesar because Caesar was loyal to him, Rome was thriving at the reign of Caesar, and Brutus made the decision out of fear.
Caesar was a loyal man who never thought that Brutus would turn his back on him. Brutus was the first to stab Caesar, and once he realized that Brutus was against him, he simply asked, ” Et Tu, Brute! Then fall Caesar,” ( III.1.85). This shows that Caesar was so disheartened that Brutus would join in the conspiracy to kill him.
Someone who Caesar considered a close friend was now in the act of stabbing him to his death and caesar couldn’t do anything about it. One would argue this is the ultimate betrayal. Wharts most interesting is that brutus says, ” to him I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his… Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” (III.2.20-24). Brutus explains himself that Caesar loved him and he loved Caesar as well, proving that he knew Caesar was loyal. However he decided that he loved the well being of Rome more than Caesar and Betrayed him anyways. One would say that even though Brutus knew Caesar was loyal, he didn’t want to take the risk of Rome becoming a Monarchy/ Tyranny.
Although there was a threat of Caesar claiming himself as an absolute ruler, Rome was thriving under Caesar’s rule. After Caesar’s death Antony states, “This was the noblest Roman of them all…He only in a general honest thought and common good to all made one of them,” (V.
5.74-74). Antony was a good friend of Caesars and knew that he was only doing right by the people of Rome. Marc Antony stood proudly behind anything Caesar did because he know it was all for the good of the public. The commoners of Rome also felt that the rule of Caesar was successful as well. After he died , second plebeian states, ” give him a statue with his ancestors,” (III.2.52).
Giving someone a statue normally means they were a great societal figure. Since his death, the people of Rome wanted to honor his triumphs and success proving that he was a great ruler. Brutus know Caesar was a good ruler, but was persuaded by cassius to the point of no return. Lastly, one could say that brutus decided to join with the conspirators out of fear. Brutus himself says, “But, as he was ambitious, I slew him,” (III.2.28).
Brutus was scared of Caesar’s ambition, and so he decided to kill him. He was so afraid of a tyranny that he killed a great ruler to save the Republic (which shortly fell soon after) that he felt was threatened. Brutus then eventually goes on and says, ” Who is here so base that would be a bondman… Who is here so vile that will not love his country,” Brutus uses fear to instill into the Plebeians by asking the rhetorical questions about the possibility of a tyranny. This shows that he has so much fear of losing a republic that he has to vest it unto others.
If Brutus wasn’t so easily persuaded, he wouldn’t have so much fear. Julius Caesar was a Great leader who would do anything for his country and for his people. He more than doubled the size of Rome and gave people security and hope. However, his arrogance got the best of him causing him to create enemies into the wrong people.
To one of which is Brutus, Unfortunately Brutus was Persuaded to slew Caesar by cassius. Cassius was able to persuade him by telling him about how Caesar wanted to be a tyrant. However Brutus was wrong for conspiring against caesar because he was his close friend and he did it out of pure fear. Leading to the death of caesar, and eventually to a death of his own.