Julius Caesar: Jealousy


Jealousy causes many of the characters in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
to commit dangerous and foolish acts. Cassius' jealousy drives him to kill
Caesar. All the conspirators, except the noble Brutus, kill Caesar because they
feel threatened by his power. Brutus is the only conspirator who murders Caesar
for more honorable reasons. Jealousy is a very important theme in this play.
Cassius feels very threatened by Caesar's power. He remembers when he
was an equal to Caesar, and doesn't think that Caesar deserves this much power.
He comments to Brutus, "I was born free as Caesar; so were you: / We both have
fed as well, and we can both / Endure the winter's cold as well as he" ...

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of the commoners. He describes it as "mere foolery" (Act I, sc. II,
235). Casca agrees with Cassius that Brutus is an essential part the
conspiracy. He says, "O, he sits high in all the people's hearts; / And that
which would appear offense in us, / His countenance, like richest alchemy, /
Will change to virtue and to worthiness" (Act I, sc. III, 157-160).
Brutus is the only conspirator who does not act out of jealousy and envy.
He is Caesar's friend, and holds a powerful position in Rome. Therefore, he
has no reason to feel jealous of Caesar. Brutus makes his decision based on
what is the best for Rome, and is tricked into believing that the other
conspirators feel the same way. He comments, "What need we any spur but our own
cause / To prick us to redress? What other bond / Than the secret Romans that
have spoke the word, / And will not palter? And what other oath than honesty to
honesty engaged / That this shall be, or we will fall for it" (Act ...

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