Theme: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Madeleine Lee

Abuse of Power

William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar attempts to show the audience the fear of abuse of power and what could result from it through the usage of point of view and symbolism. In Act 2 Scene I Brutus says, “It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,” implying that if Caesar succeeds in becoming king, disastrous sides of him will be revealed upon inheriting such immense power. Brutus also says in the same act, “And then, I grant, we put a sting in him, That at his will he may do danger with.” The stinger symbolizes the crown that the citizens had offered him in town (Act 1 scene II); it explains that if Caesar is to take the throne, he will be capable and justified enough to do whatever he pleases, whenever he wishes.