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Thesis When one tries to live up to their own romantic self-image it ultimately leads to self-destruction Shakespeare first demonstrates this fact with his depiction of Caesar He wants to show us the private side of a public man to remind us that behind the fame he is like the rest of us only human having the same physical handicaps hopes and fears In public Caesar is worshipped like a god However in private he is superstitious deaf and epileptic His public image hides his weaknesses from others and from himself For example when the Soothsayer tells Caesar to Beware the Ides of March 1217 he asks to see his face 1220 and for him to speak once again 1222 Caesar the private individual is obviously concerned but Caesar the public figure refuses to acknowledge his fear and dismisses the Soothsayer as a dreamer 1224 Caesar thus reveals his two sides the private self and the fanciful self he would like to become In addition Caesar wishes to rise above all human emotions to satisfy both his own self-image and his public Caesar states The things that threaten me Neer looked but on my back when they shall see The face of Caesar they are vanishd 229-11 Conversely Caesar proceeds to ask What say the augurers 2238 Caesar goes back and forth from the private individual to the public figure He succumbs to his private fears at one moment and then hides behind his public-image the next becoming the god he would like to be Clearly Caesar is a frightened superstitious man asking for sacrifices to the gods However he believes the strength of his public-self will protect his private-self Consequently Caesar is doomed as a public man because he is too confident that he is unsusceptible to his fellow men By hiding behind his public-image he has adapted it into his personal image where he can no longer differentiate between the two and
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