In the William Shakespeare play, Julius Caesar one of the major themes could be expressed as absolute power corrupts absolutely. Look at Julius for instance. He began his reign as a good ruler with good ideas for the people, but gradually he changed and his ideas caused concern among those closest to him that he might become more of a dictator. Later as his "friends" discussed what could be done, they allowed themselves to be influenced with ideas such as having the power and need to take this stand for the good of the people. This thinking, however, clouded further thinking and they could not see that Marc Anthony was not truly in league with them. Thus even more political corruption and tragedy arose.