I finished reading Julius Caesar and I started wondering this question... So my question is would you sacrifice someone you love? If so, why? If not.. then why not? I'm really curious about this.
I decided to add two speeches from Julius Caesar. This one is Brutus; Caesar's best friend. Be patient until I finish. Romans, countrymen, and friends! Listen to my reasons and be silent so you can hear. Believe me on my honor and keep my honor in mind, so you may believe me. Be wise when you criticize me and keep your minds alert so you can judge me fairly. If there's anyone in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesars, I say to him that my love for Caesar was no less than his. If, then, that friend demands to know why I rose up against Caesar, this is my answer; it's not that I loved Caesar less, but that I love Rome more. Would you rather that Caesar were living and we would all go to our graves as slaves, or that Caesar were dead and we all lived as free men? I weep for Caesar in that he was good to me. I rejoice in his good fortune. I honor him for being brave. But his ambition—for that, I killed him. There are tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honor to his bravery, and death for his ambition. Who here is so low that he wants to be a slave? If there are any, speak, for it is whom I've offended. Who here is so barbarous that he doesn't want to be a Roman? If there are any, speak, for it is whom I've offended. Who here is so vile that he doesn't love his country? If there are any, speak for it is whom I've offended. I pause for a reply.
This is Antony's speech. He idolized Caesar. Friends, Romans, countrymen, give me your attention. I have come here to bury Caesar, not praise him. The evil that men do is remembered after their deaths, but the good is often buried with them. It might as well be the same with Caesar. The noble Brutus told you that Caesar was ambitious. If that's true, it's a serious fault, and Caesar had paid seriously for it. With the permission of Brutus and the others—for Brutus is an honorable man; they are all honorable men ((the ones that participated in killing Caesar.))— I have come here to speak at Caesars funeral. He was my friend, he was faithful and just to me. But Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is am honorable man. He brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms brought wealth to the city. Is this the work of an ambitious man? When the poor have cried, Caesar wept too. Ambition shouldn't be so soft. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man. You all saw that on the Lupercal feast day I offered him a king's crown three times, and he refused it three times. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious. And, no question, Brutus is an honorable man. I am not here to disprove what Brutus has said, but to say what I know. You all loved him once, and not without reason. Then what holds you back from mourning him now? Men have become brutish beasts and lost their reason! Bear with me. My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause until it returns to me.
If it were a scenario like this, would you still sacrifice?