Why is Shakespeare's Julius Caesar play named after Julius Caesar when he is only in the play for the first half of it? Should the play be named Marcus Brutus, for instance? Discuss.

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We may be able to argue that Julius Caesar is a representative character, symbolic of the same flaws demonstrated by each and every one of the politicians in the play. He is ambitious, a trait which leads to his downfall (like Brutus and Cassius). He desires greatness for his country, but only through himself, insisting on placing himself in the center of every decision (like Antony).

So, even if the play doesn't feature Caesar as a character, it is his character that the play explores, if symbolically and obliquely.

Julius Caesar is known as one of the most powerful and influential leaders ever.  Even the word "Czar," meaning leader, is a derivative of his name.  Caesar is so powerful that even after his death his influence continues to reside in all the characters.  Antony and Octavius waged a civil war in Rome under his name.  As he was dying, Cassius paid homage to Caesar declaring him the victor.  Brutus was so preoccupied with Caesar, even after his death, that he imagined...

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