Please answer the questions below according to the play of Julius Caesar.How was Caesar, Antony, Brutus, and Cassius a leader who puts first things first?  I want a characteristic for each...

Please answer the questions below according to the play of Julius Caesar.

How was Caesar, Antony, Brutus, and Cassius a leader who puts first things first?  I want a characteristic for each character and a sentence about this characteristic.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This is a good question.  In order to determine how effective a leader is or not, you must examine how he or she interacts with others, what others say about their leadership abilities, and how they carry out their plans.  You'll want to do the same thing with characters in stories such as this one.

Caesar plays to the people.  He purposefully denies being crowned Emperor three times to earn the love of the Roman people.  It is likely, if given the chance to broach the topic again, that he would accept and this time, it would be with the complete support of the people making him almost invincible.

Antony puts first things first by addressing the conspirators and, in a humble way, almost agreeing with their motives.  He then asks them to speak at Caesar's funeral.  This is where he puts into play the fact that Brutus and the others acted without just cause and with jealousy and evil in their hearts. He embroils the people and reminds them of the goodness of Caesar and evokes the call for revenge.

Brutus puts first things first by thinking about the consequences of joining the conspirators.  He makes the plan regarding the stabbing of Caesar and how the conspirators will conduct themselves afterward in order to be recognized as "protectors of Rome".

Cassius puts first things first by recruiting Brutus as a member of the conpirators.  Without Brutus, Cassius knows that the group will be labeled cold-blooded murderers.  Having Brutus aboard secures a more conservative and honorable public opinion of the conspirators. Brutus brings with him the noble, honorable, and positive vibe that Cassius knows the group needs in order to cleanse Rome of Caesar and get away with it.  He also points out that Antony is not someone they can trust and that he should not be given permission to speak at the funeral.

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