Thesis: Loyalty can be expressed in virtuous and corrupt manners, that in
which many people cannot understand.
Loyalty defined means faithfulness to one’s friends, country, ideals, etc.
What would one do when these things conflict with one another? When they
coincide? One would have to choose. A choice that can make or break a man,
which I believe broke many men in the play Julius Caesar. One did not know who
was friend or foe. One’s dearest friends actually your foes? Not possible, is it?
Yes, it is. That is the story of Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar, a great, noble man. A
man for his country. A man loved by many and respected by all. Even respected
by the men that cursed him with death. Why would men that loved and respected
one kill them? Loyalty is the answer. A feeling of loyalty for your country that
surpassed the loyalty of righteous virtues. Perhaps if loyalty had not been
involved, the country of Rome would not have been torn apart. Or perhaps if
loyalty to all and everything had been involved a great ruler named Caesar would
have reigned for years. If the people of Rome would have remained loyal to
Caesar perhaps a war would not have occurred, in fact, it most certainly would not
have. After the death, the angry mob should have put the conspirators to death, not
let them toy with their minds as they would a five year old. The mob, like a great
many people, believe what is easiest to hear. In the mob of people did loyalty
exist? Doubtful, little if any. What coexisted in the crowd with that little loyalty
was ignorance, and much of it.
I believe that Brutus showed the greatest amount of loyalty to his country.
He just went about showing it in a corrupt manner. He sacrificed a great friend for
what he thought would better Rome. Perhaps Brutus was one of the most noble in
the play, but he was also the most misled. He was noble for assassinating not for
selfish needs, but for the needs of the country. However, I believe he was weak.
Weak for believing that Caesar was “ambitious”. Brutus believed the one side of
things that he heard, and that was from Cassius. Brutus is a prime example of
people believing what is easiest heard. If someone would have mentioned Cassius’
attitude and actions I am most certain that Brutus would have seen a sign of
tyranny. Brutus was a man that held loyalty to his country close to his heart.
Perhaps this blinded him. It made him oblivious to the idea of Caesar being a good
man with innocent motives.
Mark Antony, another man who possessed loyalty. However, with Antony,
loyalty to friends and to that of his country did not conflict. He saw Caesar for
what, I think, he truly was, a noble Roman. Antony was a wise man. Not being
sure of the conspirators plot, he gave them a fair chance to justify their
unjustifiable assassination. When wise Antony saw no reason for the death of
Caesar he played smart. He did not verbally attack the conspirators, he waited.
Because Antony was noble and wise, he waited. He gave citizens of Rome
something to think about. He turned the mob, who had turned against Caesar, for
Caesar, against the conspirators. Noble Antony was willing to go to war to claim
vindicate Caesar’s death. He was going to get revenge on the murderers of “the
noblest man that ever lived in the tide of times.”
Julius Caesar, the man that deserved to be dead the least, was deceased. He
was loyal to his friends, the country, even the strangers of Rome. He showed it to.
I believe that being loyal to a country means also being loyal to the citizens of it,
and that he was. Antony painted the perfect picture of how much Caesar cared
when he pointed out in his soliloquy that “when the poor have cried, Caesar hath
wept.” Being caring is indeed a good part of being loyal. Caesar, a man who gave
to his country, even after death. Is this a man that should have been killed? The
world still today needs a leader like him.
The death of Caesar affected many. Brutus’ wife, Portia, was suffering
because of the plot she knew of. I believe that Brutus made a terrible mistake of
telling Portia. Because of the sinful acts of her husband, Portia took her life.
Initially people were not grief stricken, but in time they remembered the love they
had for Caesar. People, like Octavius’ servant, felt the heavy weight of sorrow
immediately after stumbling upon the death. Because of this assassination, a war
broke out. Mark Antony and Octavius’ troops versus Brutus and Cassius’ troops.
Many people suffered through this war. Portia stricken with sadness took her life.
Not too long after Brutus followed, as did Cassius and Titinius. Perhaps a message
to readers is when one is blinded and refuses to see open minded there is no hiding