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There are many themes to the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespear Shakespear developed a few themes throughout his play the betrayal of friends the power of a good speaker and the power of peer pressure There are a few characteristics of a good theme A good theme has well developed characters is well supported and after reading the play the reader takes something away The strongest theme in the play Julius Caesar was how power corrupts people Caesar begins to become corrupted at the beginning of the play when he returns from war He is immediately greeted with a mob of people chanting his name Throughout the play Shakespear portrayed Caesar as being a vain superstitious dictator who sees himself at the center of the world He represented a threat to those who wished to retain a republican government and political freedom Caesar wanted deeply to become king Mark Antony offered him the crown on three occasions and on each he refused because he knew that the people did not want a tyrant Caesar became so overwhelmed that he had a epletic seizure when he had to deny the crown for the third time Caesars power caused him to become arrogant and overruling Mark Antony was the second character in the story that was corrupted by his need for power After Caesars death he seamed to see a chance for himself to gain power and perhaps become king Antony makes a speech to the village people about the death of his best friend Caesar In his speech he uses sarcasm in order to change the audience into a crazy mob By the end of his speech the mob was thirsty for the conspirators blood Antony presses to destroy Caesars killers Cassius and Brutus were the most power thirsty characters Cassius caused Brutus to become power thirsty after he feared that Caesar was going to become a tyrant and that he is
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