Theme in Shakespeare Julius Caesar

Alan Tran

Allegiance, Companionship, & Disloyalty

William Shakespeare’s tragedy of Julius Caesar efforts to illustrate allegiance, companionship, and disloyalty disrupting the control of Caesar through the routine use of foreshadowing and soliloquies. A case in point has been the internal conflict that resides within a friend, Brutus, on whether or not to extinguish Caesar from power. “It must be by his death, and for my part I know no personal cause to spurn at him but for the general.” (Act II, sc i, 10-12) Brutus had conflicted his actions against Julius only because of his motive to safeguard Rome from potential tyranny. This has shown no personal hatred directed towards him, but rather only to betray for the care of the state. Again, Brutus has his struggle and engagement of the risk he shall act upon to leave the power to succumb to a single being. “’Shall Rome, etc.’ Thus must I piece it out: ‘Shall Rome stand under one man’s awe?’” (Act II, sc i, 51-52) Having a single leader that has authority over the Republic of Rome just from his influential ideas without the majority consent of the senate.