In the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, on the 15th of march, the day of Caesar’s coronation, there are many theories. People are warning Caesar not to go the coronation, or a dreadful fate will accrue to him. Caesar being the man he is dose not listen to these accusations and still plans to attend. His wife Calpurnia pleads to Caesar to stay home because of her horrible dream she had of his death. She eventually convinced him to stay home, but then a man named Decius comes to their house to convince him to go. By the ways of both Calpurnia and Decius arguments, how does the of details or Decius speech persuade Caesar.
Both Calpurnia and Decius have good reasons on the debate of coronation day. Calpurnia was known for her dreams that could tell the future. She was also Caesar’s wife who loved him and only wanted the best for him. Calpurnia also states, “when beggars die, there are no comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes”. Since he was a big figure of Rome his death would bring chaos to the country. Calpurnia says she thinks his judgment is being clouded by the phrase, “alas, my lord your wisdom is consumed in confidence.” (www.shakespeare.org). To Decius Caesar was a fellow conspirator that really needed to be out of the picture. He used good points to convince Caesar that a dream can be interpreted in many different ways, that everyone would look down upon him for not going, and how he would look like a coward if he didn’t show his face.
Decius dose have the more powerful speech of the two. His use of logic and reasoning, his speech was very convincing. Plus, with Caesar already wanting to go in the first place he ultimately wins. The first thing he does is counters Calpurnia’s dreams meaning by saying “in which so many smiling romans bathed, signifies that form the great Rome shall suck reviving blood, and that great men shall press for tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance. He is explained that the signifies that all of Rome will bath in the glory of their king and there will be many relics in his name. Decius also makes the good point that the senate is not going to just wait around till Caesar was ready. Decius says, “If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper “lo, Caesar is afraid”?”
With those convincing arguments the decision is made, and Caesar goes to die. Decius used many arguments in favor of Caesar, while others did not appease him. That makes it a pretty obvious victory for the constrictors. Will Rome learn to live with the loss of their king?
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