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Was Julius Caesar more powerful dead or alive in Julius Caesar?

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Julius Caesar was dead, so in that sense he had no literal power.  However, his memory held tremendous power.  Mark Antony used that power to gain control of Rome.

Brutus and his minions killed Caesar because they feared that he would become a tyrant.  If you look closely, you will see that he was not actually doing anything wrong.  He was just too loved by the people.  They killed him because of not what he was doing, but what they feared he would do.  Brutus puts it best.

I know no personal cause to spurn at him,

But for the general. He would be crowned:

How that might change his nature, there’s the

question. (Act 2, Scene 1)

In other words, Caesar has to die because it’s in his nature to be king.  Brutus is afraid he is going to become King of Rome. 

Caesar has become more of an idea than a person.  It is for what he represents that they are killing him.  This is part of the reason he was so powerful after he died, as an idea .  He was larger than life as a person, so it was...

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