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Throughout his life William Shakespeare wrote over thirty plays comments on politics as well as the human condition His purpose in writing so much was not only to entertain the common people but also to inform them and in some cases to sway them to his beliefs as well as most writers do Shakespeares main political view found in Julius Caesar was an anti-assassination stance because of the events before and after Caesars death Shakespeare first gives his position on assassination before Caesar dies when he writes the character of Brutus as being tormented by the fact that he has agreed to kill his dear friend Caesar Brutus knows Caesar is becoming a dictator but that still does not erase his loyalty of friendship If Shakespeare had not been averse to assassination he would not have made it so hard for his characters to do Cassius though he fails to see Caesars power as anything more than cowardice in Caesars enemies only wants to eliminate Caesar to ascertain power for himself By including this in the play Shakespeare is saying that the murder of a corrupt leader doesnt necessarily lead to the installment of a benevolent one so assassination as a means of political change is in effect useless Shakespeares disdain towards assassination comes across most strongly in the conclusion of the play when we learn that all eight of the conspirators have died most believing that Caesars ghost was responsible for their defeat and deaths Could the master playwright have meant this be a warning to potential assassins that no matter what you will still be repaid Cassius is so quick and willing to die a dishonorable death due to misinformation that he must have believed that a worse death than suicide was meant for him at the hands of Caesars allies When Brutus committed suicide he actually had been defeated instead of merely hearing about it like Cassius However as he died he
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