Describe the complexities of Caesar's character. Is he a monstrous tyrant or a sympathetic man?Act II

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Julius Caesar is a politician, and that very fact makes him both a tyrant and a benevolent leader, depending on how you align yourself. If, like the senators, you are strictly for the republic and cannot abide the very thought of a king ruling Rome, then you will see Caesar's every move as part of a scheme to take control. If, however, you see Caesar as a great hero who has expanded Rome's territories and brought wealth and resources into the empire, then you will be sympathetic to him.

Consider our own election cycles. The Democrats try to make people fear the Republicans, and the Republicans do the same to the Democrats. It was no different in Julius Caesar's time.

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