The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar is one of those great figures in history who was not only a brilliant military leader, but also a first class politician. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is Shakespeare's interpretation of the assassination of Caesar on the ides of March. Was Caesar a tyrant who had overreached his power and therefore had to be eliminated? Brutus, Cassius, and others thought so. At first, Brutus convinces the common folks that the murder was merely a purging of a disease. However, very few orations can surpass Antony's famous speech as the crowd is now incited against the conspirators. Shakespeare seems to center on the fickleness of mankind in this excellent work. The final acts of the play describe the civil war between Brutus and the Second Triumvirate.