Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is about tragedy, deceit, and betrayal. Julius Caesar, whose name is in the title, is only a small part of the play. In fact, the main characters are his killers Brutus and Cassius. Brutus and Cassius both shared different opinions on Caesar because Brutus was closer to Caesar and Cassius was mainly a jealous outsider who simply did not want Julius to have any power over him and the Roman people. Brutus and Cassius were two very different men, and yet they were very much alike. Brutus was Julius Caesar's best friend, and Cassius raged with jealousy when it came to Caesar. They were both, however, conspirators responsible for the death of Caesar.
Brutus is known as a tragic hero in the play Julius Caesar because he faces a major conflict between his loyalty to his friend and his loyalty to his country. Although Brutus' relationship with Caesar is strong, he states that his relationship with the people of Rome is stronger. In Act 3 Scene 2, after Caesar’s death, Brutus states, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” Brutus explains why he would rather die for Rome then to let Caesar take throne and become a brutal dictator in this quote. The conspirators, led by Cassius, know about Brutus' loyalty to Rome and they are able to manipulate him into participating in the assassination of Julius Caesar. Even though Brutus agrees with the conspirators to kill Julius Caesar, he did not agree with their reasoning. Brutus wanted what was best for Rome and the conspirators were jealous. Brutus is a complex character. He was thought of as honorable and noble, but he appears hypocritical when he becomes involved in the plot to kill his apparent best friend. It is Brutus' honorable nature that causes him to fall under Cassius’ deception.
Cassius is the brother-in law of Brutus. He is a manipulative man who is hungry for power.   Cassius dislikes Caesar personally and shortly before his death, Caesar feared Cassius. Marc...