Term Paper on Shakespeare

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In the play, Julius Caesar an important Soliloquy occurs in Act II,scene 1, lines 10-34.
The passage is very important to the play because Brutus is deciding whether to join the
conspiracy or not. Also an example of foreshadowing is used in the passage, because
Brutus thinks, through the natural course of life, people with power become tyrants after
a while. In the passage, conflict is also used because Brutus has to decide whether or
not to betray Julius or join the conflict against Julius.

To support my thesis is Brutus is deciding if he should join the conspiracy against
Julius Caesar or not to join the conspiracy, this can be proved because Brutus says,
I know no reason to spurn him, But
for the general. He would be crowned.
How that might change his nature, there's the question.
( II, ii, 11-14)
Here Brutus is saying that he says no personal reason to kill him, but if Julius is
crowned king, he would probably become a tyrant. In this passage, Brutus is making a
decision based merely on an assumption. Another event within my passage to support my
thesis is when Brutus says", By which he did ascend. So Caesar may; then lest he may,
prevent".(II, iii, 27-28) Here I think Brutus is trying to say that Caesar will become
power crazy and forget where he came from. In this part of Brutus' soliloquy, Brutus
seems as though he probably will join the conspiracy at this point.

To support my thesis if Brutus is deciding to join the conspiracy against Caesar at
( I, ii, 135-162). If you are a conspirator it would be smart to bring Brutus in the
conspiracy because no one would ever suspect Brutus would try to kill Caesar.

Here Brutus is explaining his inner feelings to Cassius. The sufferance of our souls, the time's
abuse. If these motives weak, break
off bedtimes. And every man hence
to his idle bed.
(II, i, 116-117)
This is a good chance for Cassius to get Brutus to join the conspiracy. Another important
event is at ( I, ii, 18) where the soothsayer tells Ceasar to watch out for the eyes of
March. This is a clue to an upcoming event in the story.

Caesar was warned many times during the play about the conspiracy. Ceasar was sent a
letter warning him of the conspiracy. A portion of the letter as follows: To speak
and strike? O Rome, I make thee

promise, If the redress will follow, thou receivest
Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!
( II,i , 55-58)
Here Cassius has said that there is a plan to strike? I make the promise, if this
happens, that the entire conspiracy rest in the hand of Brutus. I think that Lucius says
in not too many words, that the entire conspiracy rests on Brutus. A few passages after
the soliloquy. Brutus and the conspirators are discussing how they should kill Caesar.

Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,
Like wrath in death and envy afterwards; For
Antony is but a limb of Caesar.Lets be sacrificers,
but not butchers, Caius.
( II, i, 162-166)
In the passage the conspirators have decided that the best way to kill Caesar is by
cutting off his head. They also say that they will be sacrificers not butchers. To me,
when the conspirators say," lets be sacrificers , but not butchers".( II, i,166) , that's
just a cop out

to say that they are killing Caesar in the name of the Gods, instead of the truth. Which
is, they are killing Ceasar because they are jealous of him.

Recalling the first line of Brutus' soliloquy,"It must be by his death" .(II, i, 10)
Virgil K. Whitaker says,"two assumptions are implicit in this remark. Caesar can be
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