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Julius Caesars Assassination Is Not Justified
Transcript of Julius Caesars Assassination Is Not Justified
Caesar refuses the crown
The assassination itself
Caesar Refuses The Crown
Who Was William Shakespeare??
Born sometime in the year of 1564
Married Anne Hathaway in 1582
Had 3 children
Hamnet and Judith (Twins)
He died in the year 1616
Famous for his poetry and playwrights
His plays have been performed all over the world
The 6 Wonders of Julius Caesar
Who: Caesar was a Roman general that led to the rise of the Roman Empire
What: Julius Caesar is a Tragedy written by William Shakespeare in 1599 about Caesar's Assassination
Where: In the Roman Empire
When: Caesar was born in 100 BC, and Assassinated on the Ides of March, 44 BC
Why: Caesar was assassinated by the conspirators because he was becoming too powerful and was taking their power away from them.
How: The conspirators planned the assassination, and stabbed Caesar 33 times.
Was Caesars Assassination Justified??
Caesar refuses the crown 3 times.
He was not eager to get it.
He wanted to be "forced" by the people to accept the crown.
And then he offered it the third time. He put it the
third time by, and still as he refused it the rabblement
hooted and clapped their chapped hands and
threw up their sweaty nightcaps and uttered such a
deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused the
crown that it had almost choked Caesar, for he
swooned and fell down at it. And for mine own part,
I durst not laugh for fear of opening my lips and
receiving the bad air. (1.2.253-261)
Why the conspirators assassinated Caesar??
The conspirators believed that Caesar was bad for Rome and would destroy it if it was put into his power.
Caesar was a powerful military leader that gained a lot of trust from people and in the long run he was able to make a lot of laws for the Roman Empire.
The Roman Republic was based on the idea that no one man should have total power. They had the Senate, and they believed Caesar might become a dictator and overthrow this rule.
He left a will for his people.
Which reflects that he knew he was going to be killed.
In his will he leaves 75 drachmas for each Roman citizen.
Here is the will, and under Caesar’s seal
To every Roman citizen he gives—
To every several man—seventy-five drachmas. (3.2. 232-34)
Most noble Caesar! We'll revenge his death. (3.2. 235)
His speech ties into Caesar's will and funeral
Antony was Caesars closest friend
He begs the conspirators to let him die with Caesar if they want to kill him too.
O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
Shrunk to this little measure? Fare thee well.
—I know not, gentlemen, what you intend,
Who else must be let blood, who else is rank.
If I myself, there is no hour so fit
As Caesar’s death’s hour, nor no instrument
Of half that worth as those your swords, made rich
With the most noble blood of all this world.
I do beseech ye, if you bear me hard,
Now, whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke,
Fulfill your pleasure. Live a thousand years,
I shall not find myself so apt to die.
No place will please me so, no mean of death,
As here by Caesar, and by you cut off,
The choice and master spirits of this age. (3.1. 158-73)
The Assassination itself
Caesar took a lot of political power away from the Senators.
He passed many laws that in the long run cost the Senators a lot of money .
They believed that it was just to assassinate him, which is not the case.
It is considered high treason to murder someone that is head of state.
Therefore, making the assassination of Caesar NOT justified AGAIN.
As a dictator, Caesar was restoring the power. He was not taking the power away like they presumably thought he was.
They assassinated him because they thought if they did not then everything would turn bad.
However, BECAUSE they assassinated him everything turned bad.
the assassination of julius caesar is not justified.