Shakesphere's Julius Caesar

By: Andre' Wright


William Shakespeare's tragedy, Julius Caesar, represents the theme of power. The theme of power is represented by many speeches within the play I.e When brutus was speaking how power could change caesar. "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world

Like a Colossus, and we petty men

Walk under his huge legs and peep about

To find ourselves dishonorable graves. (1.2.142-145)” this quote from Brutus represents the theme of power by stating how power could affect a man's outlook on the world around him. “Men at some time are masters of their fates:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” (1.2.138-140) (-Cassius). Cassius statement shows that sometimes when the wrong men receive power it could cause a change in attitude & cause them to be killed. This quote explains why the men had to kill caesar b/c they felt the power could change him and cause him to do things in which he would never do. Mainly everyone in the senate feels that power will corrupt caesar's attitude towards the people of the Roman Empire. The story also represents the theme of loyalty as well. Loyalty is most seen with brutus's and julius friendship. Brutus was afraid that Julius would be corrupted by power therefore, Brutus betrayed Julius by killing him along with rest of senate. Brutus was supposed to be julius long time friend but instead his loyalty failed once he felt julius would become corrupted.