What is the character sketch of Julius Caesar?What are his qualities, anamolies, appearance, and works?

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Julius Caesar was a statesman and general. Throughout the play, it is questioned whether he was a good or bad leader. Some despised him, and others loved him. Caesar has been interpreted in a number ways, including superstitious and weak, ambitious and arrogant, and as a leader concerned with the well-being of Rome.

Caesar was depicted by some as superstitious and weak. He often sought the advice of a soothsayer and was frightened by predictions. He once almost drowned which proves to Cassius his limitations. He was plagued with a sickness, and Cassius recalled a time when Caesar fell victim to a "fit" in which he was shaking and feverish. Cassius sums up Caesar's behavior as that of "a sick girl."

Caesar was also seen by some as arrogant and ambitious. He was boastful in his abilities, such as swimming and conquering, and at times seemed to believe that he was invincible. For example, he ignored the soothsayer when he was warned of the "ides of March." He demonstrated his ambitiousness by declaring himself dictator of Rome. Because of this, Cassius tried to convince Brutus that Caesar was too ambitious.

Lastly, some saw Caesar as a good leader concerned for the well-being of Rome. The citizens of Rome were shown cheering for him when he returned in triumph and mourning his death when he was murdered. After Caesar's funeral, the mourning citizens formed a mob which ran through the streets looking to avenge Caesar’s death.

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