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Persuasion is a powerful tool that can easily be abused In the tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Julius Caesar is a powerful dictator in Rome in the year 44 BC A group of men believe he is becoming too ambitious and they come up with a plot to kill him Among the conspirators are two dear friends of Caesar Brutus and Decius Brutus Mark Antony is a friend of Caesar who is very upset and revengeful after his death In this play three men use their persuasive powers to convince others to do their willBrutus uses his powers of persuasion to overrule Cassius another conspirator After Cassius says that they should swear an oath of secrecy Brutus argues that they shouldnt have to because they are all trustworthy men When the other conspirators suggest letting Cicero in on the plan Brutus says they shouldnt because he wont follow a plan started by someone else After Cassius says they should also murder Mark Antony Brutus says Antony will be weak after Caesar dies so there is no point in killing him All of these decisions by Brutus turn out to be bad ones but Brutus still gets what he wants by manipulating othersDecius Brutus also has the ability to get people to follow as he says When he fetches Caesar to go to the Senate House Caesar says he cannot go because Calphurnia had a dream in which Romans bathed their hands in his blood Decius gets him to go first by reinterpreting the dream He says it signifies Caesar giving new life to Rome and reviving it Next he tells him that the Senate plans to crown him and wont do so if he is not there Last he tells him that the senators will make fun of him for listening to his wife and her silly dreams and they will believe he is afraid Since Caesar has such a large ego he
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