Power in Shakespeares Julius Caesar

By: Victoria Tso

Corruption within Power

William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar demonstrates the effects of power and how it corrupts those who are eager for it through the use of the literary elements such as conflict and characterization. After the past King was driven out of Rome, a new leader was needed to represent their state of Rome. Many citizens suggested that Caesar, Augustus's adopted son, take the crown. Although popular with the citizens, many senators, such as Brutus and Cassius, were dissatisfied. Several factors contribute to their dissatisfaction such as the future transition of Rome being a republic to a dictatorship under Caesar and believing that Caesar was not ready for the throne. Corruption within Power is a central theme in the play due to the fact that it causes several of the major conflicts in the play such as Caesar's speech, the death of Caesar, Brutus's speech, and the war, and leads into the smaller themes such as betrayal, the power of words, and heroes vs. villains.