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Self-Concepts in Julius Caesar All people have definite concepts of self In different situations one may feel short tall smart slow fast talkative reserved etceteras These self-concepts are usually very different than how others opinions of us Depending on ones actions words or even tone of voice one may misrepresent oneself and be misinterpreted One may be so arrogant or so humble that they prevent themselves from seeing themselves through others eyes In William Shakespeares play Julius Caesar two main characters Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus present different personas- one being each characters actual self-characterizations which we learn through their discussions with others and another is how they are actually perceived in the eyes of others Their inability to project their true motives in performing certain actions eventually brings about their tragic downfalls Julius Caesar believed that people needed one strong ruler in order to have maximum production and proper function of a society He believed that he possessed many if not all of the characteristics required of a great leader He spoke to others in a way which he believed exhibited authority told people why he should be the one to lead them and thought that his own advice was best His unwillingness to listen to others is received as arrogance Though already warned by the soothsayer to beware the ides of March Caesar refuses to heed advice to stay home from Calpurnia his wife because he feels that she is trying to keep him from obtaining power and status Calpurnia believes Caesar to be a prince and is convinced that some falling meteors are warnings of a princes death When she hears her husband boast that he is more dangerous than danger itself she recognizes that this is simple arrogance and tells him so saying Alas my lord Your wisdom is consumed in confidence Act II scene 2 In response to her criticism and humble petitions Caesar momentarily agrees to
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