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In William Shakespeares play Julius Caesar a group of men come together to assassinate the man they feel will destroy the Roman Empire if he comes to Power In their eyes he is not worthy of a stately position such as emperor They also fear that they will loose their free will and live under tyranny Marcus Brutus a close friend to Caesar chooses to kill Caesar to try to prevent that future from falling upon the Roman Empire Although he is a friend to Caesar he knows that power would easily corrupt him Power and corruption seemed to go hand in hand in the play Julius Caesar While Brutus was making what might have been the toughest decision hed make in his life whether or not he would join Cassius and kill his friend Caesar he made a compelling statement about Caesars nature That lowliness is young ambitions ladder Whereto the climber upward turns his face But when he once attains the upmost round He then unto the ladder turns his back Looks in the clouds scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend So Caesar may II 1 22-27 He means that if Caesar climbs the ladder to power he will forget the little people the base degrees and rule as if the people were small and petty taking advantage of them like a tyrant Brutus then compares Caesar to a poisonous snake that must be destroyed before birth He sees that power would indeed corrupt Caesar and decides to kill him along with Cassius and the conspirators In Act III Julius Caesar shows that the reader that he does have tyrannical traits Caesar decides to go to the capitol and meet with the senate after Desius convinces him that the senate is considering awarding him the crown Which is not true it is merely a trap that will lead him to his
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