Julius Ceaser 2 Essay, Research Paper
I believed in what Brutus had to say during his speech, and I was pro-Brutus because of his honorable title. However, I am now pro-Caesar and pro-Antony. I truly believe in what Antony has to say, because unlike Brutus, he has reasons and explications for why things were done. He does not simply state an opinion as Brutus did. He supports his opinion with facts, so that they are no longer opinions but facts. Brutus said that he killed Caesar for the good of Rome, but he never told us the harm that Caesar caused. I compare it with Antony’s speech, and wonder how could I have seen the death of Caesar as a proper action.
Antony says that he will read the will, if we make a ring around Caesar’s corpse. He shows us Caesar’s bloodstained toga, with a tear. He shows us the rip, and says, “See what a rent the envious Casca made: Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb’d.” When Antony showed us visual evidence of the bloody treason, and when he said the words “beloved” and “Brutus” together I sought revenge. I am furious, and detest Brutus. I hit myself on the head, for respecting him, and thinking of him as an honorable man. How foolish I had been! Tears come to my eyes, as I see the dead corpse of the most exquisite man that had ever existed.
It was after all of this, that the crowd of Roman citizens is truly enraged. We chant: “…Burn! Fire! Kill! Slay! Let not a traitor live!”. I am not going to let any of the conspirators get away. They killed the best thing that had ever happened to Rome, and for that they deserve to suffer! Antony says that were he an able speaker, he would move “The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.” I am not a highly educated man, but nor I am totally ignorant. I see what Antony is tying to tell us. I supported Brutus during his speech, but I am truly astounded with Antony’s speech. Never have I seen a man with more moral, integrity and honor than he. I will hear him, follow him, and die with him. He makes me see the righteousness of the death, or the lack of it. The men who murdered him, in no way deserve the offering of the crown. The only thing that they merit is death. The crowd and I decide to burn the conspirator’s houses. Antony has fueled us with anger and we seek revenge! We set off to find the conspirators.
Antony calls us back to read us the will. He tells us that Ceasar has left each of us seventy-five drachmas, and that he has given public use for all of his famous gardens across the Tiber in his will. If Brutus were here, beside me, right now I would burn his body. I would not simply stab him, as he had to Caesar, for he would suffer for only a few seconds. I want to burn him, so that his death is slow and intensely painful. He told us that Caesar was to treat us as inferiors, as slaves. He lied to us, telling us that Caesar wished to harm us. Our loving Caesar had always cared for us, and thought of us as family. I think that before learning about the will, I was going to act violently based on a powerful shared emotion. I was wrathful, but much of it was because everyone else was as well. However, now that I am aware of how truly noble of a man Caesar was, I am beyond angry. We decide to burn Caesar’s body in the holy place, “And with the brands fire the traitor’s houses.” Our crowd has now become a mob, and we are off to burn the houses of the conspirators. I will not rest until the malicious men who killed him suffer. I wish for Ate to come by Caesar’s side, to come from hell, and cry “Havoc!”. I vow not to be content until I put the lives of these terrible men to an end.