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Julius Caesar characters and analysis of characters

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Brutus
Brutus


A supporter of the republic who believes strongly in a government guided by the votes of senators. While Brutus loves Caesar as a friend, he opposes the ascension of any single man to the position of dictator, and he fears that Caesar aspires to such power.

Brutus’s inflexible sense of honor makes it easy for Caesar’s enemies to manipulate him into believing that Caesar must die in order to preserve the republic.

While the other conspirators act out of envy and rivalry, only Brutus truly believes that Caesar’s death will benefit Rome. Unlike Caesar, Brutus is able to separate completely his public life from his private life; by giving priority to matters of state, he epitomizes Roman virtue.

Torn between his loyalty to Caesar and his allegiance to the state, Brutus becomes the tragic hero of the play.
Major character
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar


A great Roman general and senator, recently returned to Rome in triumph after a successful military campaign.

While his good friend Brutus worries that Caesar may aspire to dictatorship over the Roman republic, Caesar seems to show no such inclination, declining the crown several times.

Yet while Caesar may not be unduly power-hungry, he does possess his share of flaws.

He is unable to separate his public life from his private life, and, seduced by the populace’s increasing idealization and idolization of his image, he ignores ill omens and threats against his life, believing himself as eternal as the North Star
Major character
Calpurnia - Caesar`s wife
Calpurnia
- Caesar’s wife. Calpurnia strongly believes in omens and portents.

Portia
- Brutus’s wife.

Flavius
- A tribune (an official elected by the people to protect their rights).

Cicero
- A Roman senator renowned for his oratorical skill.

Lepidus
- The third member of Antony and Octavius’s coalition. Though Antony has a low opinion of Lepidus, Octavius trusts his loyalty.

Murellus
- Like Flavius, he is a tribune.


Minor characters important to the play
Mark Antony
Mark Antony

A friend of Caesar.

Antony claims allegiance to Brutus and the conspirators after Caesar’s death in order to save his own life.

Later, however, when speaking a funeral oration over Caesar’s body, he spectacularly persuades the audience to withdraw its support of Brutus and instead condemn him as a traitor.

With tears on his cheeks and Caesar’s will in his hand, Antony engages masterful rhetoric to stir the crowd to revolt against the conspirators.

Antony’s desire to exclude Lepidus from the power that Antony and Octavius intend to share hints at his own ambitious nature.
Major character
Julius Caesar characters and analysis of characters
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Cassius
Cassius

A talented general and longtime acquaintance of Caesar. Cassius dislikes the fact that Caesar has become godlike in the eyes of the Romans.

He slyly leads Brutus to believe that Caesar has become too powerful and must die, finally converting Brutus to his cause by sending him forged letters claiming that the Roman people support the death of Caesar.

Impulsive and unscrupulous, Cassius harbors no illusions about the way the political world works. A shrewd opportunist, he proves successful but lacks integrity.
Major character
Major character
Casca
Casca


A public figure opposed to Caesar’s rise to power.

Casca relates to Cassius and Brutus how Antony offered the crown to Caesar three times and how each time Caesar declined it.

He believes, however, that Caesar is the consummate actor, lulling the populace into believing that he has no personal ambition.
A Roman Senator
Soothsayer
- predicts the future

Lucius
- Brutus`slave boy

Cinna
- co-conspirator and senator

Trebonius
- co-conspirator and senator

Artemidorus
- he gives Caesar the letter with the names of the conspirators
Other minor characters and conspirators
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