The Tragedy of Julius Caesar...Caesar's Famous Quote Explained

Essay by PunkGirlie69High School, 10th gradeA+, January 2005

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William Shakespeare is famous for dozens of plays and sonnets. Also, for creating very complex characters with sometimes more than one personality. One of his most famous works is The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar was a Roman ruler in ancient times, until he was murdered by those feared his power was overgrown. Caesar gained power in the first place by defeating his rival Pompey. He was offered the crown thrice and denied to wear it each time. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar was performed many years ago in the Globe Theatre, with little scenery and mousy men playing the women. (Women were not allowed to become actors.) This essay explains the significance of Caesar's most famous line to the play, and also its meaning; Let me have men about me with character, and feeling. Cassius doesn't enjoy the normal everyday life that we do, Brutus. I do not fear him, as he does not fear me.

Cassius is never at ease, or completely relaxed, but always watching what does not need to be watched.

When Caesar speaks his famous quote, he is talking to Antony, beloved friend of Caesar. "Would he were fatter! But I fear him not:

Yet if my name were liable to fear,

I do not know the man I should avoid

So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much;

He is a great observer and he looks

Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays,

As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music;

Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort

As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit

That could be moved to smile at any thing.

Such men as he be never at heart's ease

Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,

And therefore are they...