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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

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Now this is a bot long :)) We had a long test, and the questions were:
1.) Is the assassination of Julius Caesar justified?
2.) Would you have joined the conspiracy?
3.) Which character would you pick as president? explain.
Now this is a bot long :)) We had a long test, and the questions were:
1.) Is the assassination of Julius Caesar justified?
2.) Would you have joined the conspiracy?
3.) Which character would you pick as president? explain.

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Take home LT on Julius Caesar
1.)
I don’t think so. I agree that the niceness and weak constitution of Caesar didn’t make him qualify to be the ruler of so big a kingdom like Rome, andthat he doesn’t deserve the title, but killing him only for that reason was toomuch. The conspirators could have talked to him about humbly refusing thecrown and how to improve his weak points. Caesar is humble, generous, andrespectable – the makings of a good leader – but the people didn’t see his physical weakness, such as seizures and challenging Cassius to a contest butfailing it himself. For Caesar to be a leader he must not only be known for his social deeds, but also for physical, mental and spiritual deeds. Killinghim was unjustifiable because, first of all, Caesar did nothing bad to them. Itwas not his fault that people wanted to make him a king because of his acts.As a person it was his duty to help people, and by being good, it paradoxically made him look bad to his close friends. Secondly, Cassiusspurred Brutus to conspiracy and consequentially, started it. His reasonsinvolved equality. But what happened in the end was not equality. Byequality, every man has an opportunity to correct his mistakes, anopportunity to defend his side and speak about his views. Cassius andcompany didn’t give Caesar the chance to explain himself. Even if he wasgiven the crucial chance, the conspirators would have shunned his words as“a desperate act to save himself from the evil he himself created”. Thisshowed that the conspirators were trapped in their paradigm that what they believe – that Caesar is too weak to be a ruler – is the truth, and that anyideas or beliefs that are against it are lies which one creates. Also, Caesar 
 
wasn’t given the chance to know why the things happened to him. As a goodman, he believed that Brutus was his friend and trusted him. By seeingBrutus stab he wasn’t only the final physical blow, but also the finalemotional blow. Men are used to having close friends to which they canconfide themselves to, and, aside from their wives, are usually men. Menaren’t used to exposing his emotional side, and by having a close male friendin which he can tell everything, men are sensitive to betrayals. When Caesar saw Brutus, it was most likely he felt like he was the most betrayed personin the world, for he knew that Brutus would never do such a thing. Bywitnessing it, he lost his spirit, and consequently, his life. If Caesar wasgiven the chance to know the conspirators’ reasons, then not only could hehave talked them out of it, they could have seen that Caesar didn’t really doanything wrong and was just being a good person just like a newborn baby.
2.)
Personally I wouldn’t. First of all, I don’t like getting involved in politics, or anything related to that. It may seem that I don’t care about our government – I do, it’s just that I’m all words and not action. I don’t like arguments, andso as much as possible I prefer to be neutral to avoid adding stress. I haveinferiority tendencies, and so when it comes to something that involveshierarchy (like in presidencies) I prefer to stay quiet and go along with theflow. Even if I share the same intentions as the conspiracy, I wouldn’t getinvolved. Secondly, I’m easily scared, and to be a conspirator you have to be brave enough to fight off the guards, brave enough to kill somebody and canendure tortures and interrogations. For the first part, I’m not physically fitenough to fight off the usual muscular guards. In conspiracy, there’s almost
 
always no pity in regards to the enemy, and I don’t think I’m bad andheartless enough to kill somebody, even if it’s for “the good cause”. Besides,I can’t bear to watch simple horror movies; much more if it’s reality. Aboveall, I don’t like pain. That statement alone speaks for itself. If there exists aconspiracy with no social, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional paininvolved, I will not join simply for the cause of peace on Earth, even if I’mso sided with the conspirators. Except of course for some extreme cases,which are unlikely to happen. Lastly, in conspiracies everybody is your enemy; everybody can lie to you; everybody can betray you. In my pastexperiences, one of the things I came to unlike in my life is betrayal. It brings me emotional breakdown. I may be selfish in thinking only of myfears and intentions, but it can happen to everybody. The main goal whythey are joining the conspiracy is for their respective happiness. Betrayalcertainly doesn’t bring that kind of feeling, even if in the end, your side won.
3.)
Julius certainly possesses almost every trait a president should have – humble, generous, pitiful, strong will – but, as said earlier, lacks physicalstrength. What’s the use of all those great characteristics if the bearer can dieanytime? The people, instead of feeling safe, will worry more than theyshould because their ruler can die anytime, and anarchy is the last thing thatcan happen in a place civilized and prestige such as Rome before it willresult in chaos and dissolve. Brutus on the other hand certainly possessesalmost the same characteristics as Julius, but he lacks the will to express hisopinions. At the very beginning, Brutus didn’t like the notion of havingCaesar as the president. Being close friends with Caesar didn’t stop him

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