Contrary to what you may think, I am actually not the main character of the play. In fact, I barely have any lines and the reader is never given my point of view on any matters. However, I am pretty popular in the play; virtually all the characters are preoccupied with my becoming king. However, I never explicitly say that I want to be king, and I even refuse the crown in a dramatic public display, but everything I say and do demonstrates my arrogance and view that I am, in fact, superior to others. Though I have this high opinion of myself, I do have flaws: I am seduced by the idea of being idealized and the fact that my image has become associated with that of royalty. I also ignore omens and threats that could have changed my fate.
I am a high-ranking, well-regarded Roman nobleman who is a huge supporter of the Roman Republic. I believe strongly in a government that is guided by the vote of senators. I am motivated by my sense of honor, which places the good of Rome and the Roman people above my own personal interests or feelings. Although I am Caesar’s friend and admire him personally, I can see how Caesar becoming king might be a bad thing for Rome. Because I have such strong allegiance to welfare of the state, I am swayed to conspire against my friend Caesar, which torments me.
I am a talented general and a longtime acquaintance of Caesar. I resent the fact that the Roman people have come to view Caesar as almost God-like. I slyly convince Brutus to believe that Caesar must die by sending him fake letters that say the Romans agree that Caesar must be stopped. Ha ha! I don’t pretend to believe that politics are actually run on honor and ethics; to succeed in politics we must seize any opportunity that presents itself. This opportunistic mentality helps me because I am effective, however, I greatly lack integrity.
I am a loyal friend of Caesar’s. I am impulsive and pleasure-seeking, passionate rather than principled. I am extremely spontaneous and lives in the present moment. I prove to be a dangerous enemy of Brutus and the other conspirators and use my skilled rhetoric to my advantage. I am adept at tailoring my words and actions to my audiences’ desires. I prove to be a dangerous politician, though others believe they have control over me and my actions.
I am Caesar’s adopted son and appointed successor. I had been traveling abroad when my father was killed, and returned shortly after the murderous event. To avenge my father’s death, I team up with Antony and set off to fight Cassius and Brutus. Antony tries to control my movements, but I follow my father’s example and emerge as an authoritative figure. Nobody will tell me what to do!
I am one of the conspirators who is a member of the senate (as a tribune). I absolutely resent Caesar’s ambition. I am a rough and blunt-speaking man. I explain to Cassius and Brutus how Antony offered the crown to Caesar three times and that Caesar each time declined it. I believe Caesar was acting and manipulating the Roman citizens into believing that he has no personal ambition. What a joke! I am the first to stab Caesar.
I am Caesar’s wife. Having great belief in omens, I warn Caesar against going to the senate on the Ides of March (March 15), for I had horrible nightmares that something would happen that day. I also heard reports from fortune tellers that Caesar should be urged against going to the senate that day. He should’ve listened….
I am Brutus’s wife and the daughter of a noble Roman (Cato) who took sides against Caesar. I am accustomed to being Brutus’s confidante, I am upset to find him so reluctant to speak his mind when I find that something is troubling him. I am committed to supporting Brutus, regardless of the sketchy things that take place (i.e., meetings in the middle of the night with groups of men…).