Julius Caesar

The Leadership of Caius Cassius 10th Grade

Ruling over the Roman Empire from 60 B.C. to the time of his death in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar is one of the most widely recognized historical figures of all time. His legacy was immortalized through the writing of William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, which centers around the group that organized to assassinate him. Leadership is a heavy theme, especially revolving around Brutus and Cassius, who conspire and eventually kill Caesar, and Marc Antony, who remains loyal to Caesar by making enemies of the conspirators. Cassius is shown to be more fit to lead Rome than Brutus and Antony because he remains strength in his beliefs while convincing others of them, yet he is not a power-hungry dictator.

Cassius’ leadership skills are shown throughout the play in his obligation to kill Caesar for the people of Rome and his ability to persuade Brutus to join the conspiracy. Cassius’ goal throughout the play is to assassinate Caesar, in hopes that his death will protect Rome from harmful tyranny. He will stop at no point to save the Romans, no matter the risk his actions suggest. Cassius says, “Why, men, he doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus, and we petty men / Walk under his huge legs and peep about / To find ourselves...

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