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Is Julius Caesar more powerful dead or alive? Is Julius Caesar more powerful dead or alive?

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As lynn30k identifies, once you are dead you have no say as to how your power is used or abused, therefore you need to be careful with your answer to this question. Whilst he was certainly powerful alive, his "power" is variously claimed or acquired by other characters to support their own needs. Arguably, depending on how you read the character of Marc Antony, you could say that he very cynically takes the power of Caesar and uses it to establish his own power for his own ambition. Caesar´s power definitely lives on, but you need to think through how it is manipulated and/or used by other characters.

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Yes, I believe that he was more powerful dead--not just in the play but also in...

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He is obviously more powerful dead than alive, since he also took down the conspirators and their armies. The conspirators were leading men of their times. His death also resulted in the purging deaths of others, and in innocent bystanders such as Cinna the Poet. At least there was stability when he was alive.

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