Imagine being your countries hero, imagine all the people loving you and adoring you, imagine being the best at everything – now imagine Julius Caesar. It seems as though the last one doesn’t fit, does it? However, wasn’t Caesar one of the most influential people during the time of the Roman Empire AND didn’t he influence our world today? As well as in reality, in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, this man has a very interesting role. Despite the fact that he is immensely influential during his life, after his assassination it seems as though Caesar is still influential – or, more specifically, his spirit is.
There are three general aspects which the spirit of Caesar influenced (being still alive Caesar influenced some of these aspects as well, but not as drastically as his spirit).
The first aspect was the conscience. It is interesting to note that not too many people can really influence that aspect while still alive and even if they can – it’s still quite difficult. However, after the assassination of Caesar many people felt compunction because of what had happened. The commoners who came to listen to Antony’s funeral oration were struck after they realized what a man was murdered: “Second Plebian: Most noble Caesar! We’ll revenge his death!” (225); some of the conspirators commit suicide: “Cassius: O, coward that I am, to live so long/To see my best friend ta’en before my face!” (238); and the main conspirator – Brutus – is visited by Caesars ghost (which could have been just a hallucination) (a.4, s.3).
The second aspect was the mind. The modern world today affects its people’s minds more than at any other time in history – though these effects are usually negative. Caesar had the same problem; his death arose many arguments and much distrust. Many people started questioning their friendships: “Brutus: The name...