Julius Caesar Themes

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Superstition
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-Caesar ignores Soothsayer’s “Beware the Ides of March.” -Casca sees a man with a burning hand, a lion roaming the streets, and an owl during the daytime. This is a sign to the conspirators that something bad is going to happen. -When the eagles abandon Cassius and and Brutus’ camp and vultures come instead. -Omens -Caesar and Calpurnia -Brutus and the ghost.
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Ambition
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-It worries Brutus and makes him want to participate in the conspiracy. -Cassius has this as well because he wants to kill Caesar so he can have more power. -Ultimately, it leads to all their downfalls. -Equals conflict. -Brutus and the army. -Artemidorous and Calpurnia
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Honor
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-Brutus complied to give the logic that demanded the death of Caesar, although he loved him. -Antony explains that Brutus his honorable.
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Power
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-Caesar was killed for this. -This what all the conspirators, except Brutus, wanted. -When Antony offered Caesar the crown and he denied it, it proved he did not want all of it. -Star of Olympus
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Envy
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-Cassius has this and it causes him to conspire to kill Caesar. -This is why all the conspirators (besides Brutus) kill Caesar. -Cassius was weak and wanted too much power. -Tribunes -Lean and hungry look.
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Betrayal
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-Brutus does this by killing Caesar. -When Antony shook hands with the conspirators and promised not to talk badly about them in his speech.
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Friendship
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-Men in the play are loyal to their friends. -Brutus and Cassius develop a strong bond over the assassination to kill Caesar as well as the fact that the Romans wanted to kill them.

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