- Jun 2017
Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!— Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.
Cinna speaks on behalf of all the conspirators in this exclamation: "Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!" The forcefulness of his cries reveal the true emotions towards Caesar's reign. In particular, the conspirators consider him a self-centred tyrant. This opinion is justified with two reasons:
1.The tribunes believe that centralising all authority to one man is undemocratic and is detrimental to the Roman Republic;
2.They envy Caesar's might and fear potentially losing their power to the Empire.
The rejoice of the conspirators does not align to the panic and grief experienced by the general society and Mark Antony. This juxtaposition suggests that Caesar's assassination is more destructive than it is justified.
In fact, the 'liberty' and 'freedom' that is promised does not manifest under the conspirators' rule.