Sunday, April 6, 2014

Julius Caesar

In my blog today, talking about Julius Caesar, I want to mainly focus on leadership and weather or not Brutus, Caesar, Cassius, Antony, or, anyone in this whole story portray good leaders. In my own opinion, I don't think anyone is a good leader, because a good leader has to be a good leader to everyone, which no one can be. At least one person will disagree with everything anyone says. I think someone can be a good leader to a certain group of people, but there will always be people who disagree. Brutus was a good leader to his army and he had all the qualities they wanted in a leader, which is why they are in his army. But to Antony's army, Brutus was a bad leader and did not have the qualities they wanted in a leader, which Antony must of had.

 A good leader is subjective to every person you talk to. Some may say a good leader needs to be manipulative and be able to bargain so their followers will be benefited in some way and some may say the leader just needs to be equal to everyone they meet. At points of the story it becomes really obvious that Brutus is a bad leader, for example the scene of the funeral for Caesar, Brutus tells the Plebians Good countrymen, let me depart alone. And, for my sake, stay here with Antony. Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech Tending to Caesar’s glories, which Mark Antony By our permission is allowed to make. I do entreat you, not a man depart, Save I alone, till Antony have spoke.." (3.2. 54-590), I think this makes it extremely obvious one of the reasons Brutus isn't a good leader in my opinion because he just walks right out of a funeral when Antony could give a speech to turn everyone against him. He is too easily trusting, which is a quality I would say a bad leader has. But then again, that is my opinion and someone might love that quality and think a good leader HAS to have that quality.

 One thing I just want to talk a little bit about is Julius Caesar. People spoke of him as a selfish tyrant, yet as a leader I think he was doing a good job leading. People followed him and did what he said, even though he was selfish and very greedy, he was still peoples idol and people bowed down to him. I think he should definitely get some credit for that, because that is exactly what some people need in a leader.

1 comment:

  1. You bring up a good point about leadership: The quality of a leader depends on the different needs of the people being governed. No one leader is the right leader for everyone or every subgroup of a population. A lot of people judge presidents by "Approval" polls and statistics. Is that a good way to judge? If 40% of the population approves of a president, does that make him a bad leader? It's a strange way to measure leadership quality.

    You use the citation well and find a good key passage.

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