The Attraction Of Power

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What is the Attraction of Power? Power is primarily the ability to influence and command in social systems. Power must be put to work to be power. Power is to do, to act, to produce, or it is simply energy. Energy and power are similar, but not the same. All power has energy, but not all energy has power.

The attraction of power can be summed up by President Vaclav Havel's speech on the temptation of political power. '...power gives you the wonderful opportunity to confirm, day in and day out, that you really exist, that you have your own undeniable identity, that with every word and deed you a leaving a highly visible mark on the world around you.' Julius Caesar is a man of such power. He is able to confirm his existence from the commoners who supported him. The commoners purposely 'make holiday to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph' and to hear him speak.

Through the power gained, Julius Caesar is able to use it to do what he desired. When Flavius and Murellus remove the celebration decoration meant for Caesar, they are put to death. At the feast of Lupercal, Caesar orders Antony to strike his wife, Calpurnia since "the barren touched in this holy chase, / Shake off their sterile curse". Antony replies to Caesar's command, " When Caesar says 'do this,' it is performed." This shows that Caesar has the power to be acknowledged and to be followed by other people, thus allowing him to do what he pleases.

With the advantages of what power brings, Julius Caesar wishes not only to retain his power but also to increase his power so that he may rule the Roman Empire entirely to his wishes.

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