Corruption and power: julius caesar

Julius Caesar consents that "Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself" (Gloria Steinem). Power continues to source problems now as much as it did hundreds of years ago. While some struggle for it, others struggle against it. In the same manner, some fear it while other's phobia consists of not having it. One can see many examples of these quandaries simply by reading a history book, poem, and many other forms of literature. Julius Caesar illustrates an ideal example of mankind's struggle with power by comparing the actions of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, and Marc Antony.
Power affects and corrupts almost all the chief characters in the play. Marcus Brutus confirms his fear of power by saying "I do fear the people do choose Caesar for their King" (Julius Caesar I.ii.85-89). He noticeably opposes Caesar acquiring all power. This reveals Brutus' internal conflict: he debates on whether to kill his best friend for the benefit of Rome or to let his friend destroy Rome. Brutus also knows no personal cause to spurn at Caesar but fears his change of nature if he crowns himself king (Julius Caesar II.i.1). This proves he disdains power. Brutus proves himself as a man who fears power and struggles against it: this confirms he acts for the betterment of Rome. Although Brutus profoundly loves Caesar, he realizes his friend swathes himself in power. Brutus knows what he has to do if he wishes to save his homeland. Even the devious and shrewd Cassius can distinguish Brutus' just motives. Cassius indubitably believes that "Brutus shall lead the way, and we will graces his heels with the most and boldest hearts of Rome (Julius Caesar III.i.135-136). Cassius also foreshadows the ironic coming to power of Brutus after Caesar's death. Brutus, like Marc Antony, takes power for only the right and just reasons.


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