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The play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare dramatizes the events leading up to and following the assassination of the great Roman leader Julius Caesar. The play begins one month before his assassination by the ancient Roman senators, namely the jealous Cassius and Caesar's best friend Brutus. The play gives a glimpse into the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar; it then goes on after the event that took place on the Ides of March and shows how it led to the downfall of Brutus as civil war breaks out with Antony and Octavius fighting for power and revenge after Caesar's death. Throughout the play, several characters are affected by inner conflict because of the events that took place. One such character is Brutus. Brutus's internal struggles are caused by his own personality flaw of being overconfident and too trusting.

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Inner conflict can be caused by so many events and people around us. Often times we do not ask to be worried or upset or confused, but we are thrown into these states because of what someone else does or doesn't do. For example, a mother struggles with her teenager not because she doesn't love or trust him, but because the kid does something out of the ordinary that causes her to worry or upsets her. Perhaps she finds out he is doing drugs or she learns that his grades have slipped. Whatever the case may be, the mother is faced with inner conflict because of the actions of her child. The same type of thing happens in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Throughout the play, several characters are affected by inner conflict because of the actions or nonactions of other characters. One such character is Brutus. Brutus's internal struggles are caused by the actions and nonactions of the people around him including his best friend Caesar, his fellow senator Cassius, and his rival Marc Antony.

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The events that took place on September 11, 2001 in New York City and Washington D.C. left Americans shocked, upset, and angry. So many lives were lost because of the actions of terrorists. Additionally, many more lives were affected because of the newfound worry about traveling in a plane or working in a high rise building. No one asked to have all of this inner strife, but rather it was forced upon everyone in the nation because of someone else. The same type of thing happens in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Throughout the play, all of Rome and several individuals are affected by inner conflict because of the actions of others. One such character is Brutus. Brutus's internal struggles are caused by the actions of the people around him including his best friend Caesar, his fellow senator Cassius, and his rival Marc Antony.

Personal Experience

When I was a freshman, one of my friends from middle school started hanging out with "the wrong crowd." I know he was doing drugs and stealing merchandise from various stores such as Target and Walgreens. He often bragged to me about these new friends and the trouble they loved to cause. For me, all it did ws make me worry about my friend. He used to be so nice and good and smart, but now he was doing things I did not approve of. I fought with this in my head for a long time; eventually, I finally decided to tell his parents and my parents about it since I knew them and trusted them so much. This year, my friend is at a special school in Phoenix, AZ getting help. So far he is doing well, and I am glad he might end up being okay. My struggle and eventual intervention in this situation has, so far brought about something positive. The same type of thing happens in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. In the play, Brutus has trouble sleeping because of his concern for his friend Caesar and the fact that Caesar was wanting too much power and would eventually take over Rome as king. Because of his internal conflict, he eventually helps to assassinate his friend; he does this for the right reasons, just as I did with my friend, but his results, unlike mine, were very negative for all of Rome and especially for the people Brutus loved.

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One character who ends up with internal conflict because of the actions or nonactions of another character is Portia. One example of this is when Portia asks Brutus to "Tell me your counsels, I will not disclose them." She wants to know why Brutus is up all night. He responds to her by saying that "by and by thy bosom shall partake the secrets of my heart." His refusal to tell her at the moment causes more worry and grief for Portia. His nonfiction of not sharing his secrets with his wife creates undo stress for her. Another point in the play where Portia is the victim of undo conflict from Brutus comes from his actions. After Brutus kills Caesar, he flees Rome and goes off to Asia Minor for war. Brutus explains that "Impatient of my absence, and grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony have made themselves so strong. . . she fell distract and . . .swallowed fire." This part of the play shows the ultimate inner conflict for Portia. Because of her husband's actions, she commits suicide, demonstrating her strong conflict inside. She didn't know what else to do. So, Portia becomes one of the innocent characters in the play to suffer from internal conflict not because of her own actions, but because of the nonfiction and action of her husband Brutus.
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