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Thematic Analysis of Julius Caesar (hs student)

            "Life does not consist in the things we want but in the choices we make." Too often, hasty decisions are made without a second thought as to what the results could be. In the play, "Julius Caesar," William Shakespeare shows what happens when people are more concerned with themselves than anyone else, ultimately driving these people to make decisions that result in unwanted, unintentional outcomes; furthermore, it proves that people must learn to accept the consequences of their decisions. .
             In the play, the climax of the story began to rise when the character Cassius was introduced. Playing the role of the "bad guy," Cassius manipulated the loyalty of some nobility, eventually hoping to claim the power and wealth that he desired. Initially, Cassius believed that the way he would become greater was to make those around him become less, and gradually, Cassius devised a scheme that ended in Caesar's death. Unfortunately, Cassius never received punishment for his actions until the end of the play, when he was killed at war. This was most likely because of the fact that Cassius hid behind brave people that would do what he did not want to accept the consequences for. Cassius received the power that he wanted, but it did not last long. He did not think that the outcome of his decision could take his life from him.
             Unfortunately, when Cassius fell, he took many people down with him. Brutus, one of the main characters in "Julius Caesar," was one of the unfortunate people that Cassius chose to hide behind. Brutus unknowingly allowed himself to be manipulated because of his unfailing loyalty to Rome first and foremost. Eventually, although Brutus was a close friend to Caesar, he drove the last dagger into Caesar. Truly believing that this choice was in the best interest of Rome, he did not think that the death of Caesar would spark the Empire's downfall. Although he meant well, his action proved to do more harm than good.

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