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”Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy. “ -Peter Ustinov
A paper on the novel Imperium

Dr. Lokey
Heather Blevins

Heather Blevins
March 13, 2012
Dr. Lokey

”Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy. “
-Peter Ustinov

In the book Imperium the characters are put in several situations in which they use their stance in politics to their advantage in their own personal agenda. Cicero plays the role well of the “everyman’s” politician. He learns very quickly in his career that he has to learn to play both sides of the vote and appeal to the rich as well as the commoners. In doing this he amasses more favors to his fellow politicians than he would ever really be able to repay. Caesar turns himself into the ultimate puppet master to achieve all that he wishes. He uses Pompey and Crassus to put all of his ideas into motion. The only person that seems to be unaffected by the corruption of politics is Cicero’s cousin Lucius. Lucius feared the corruption so much that he takes his own life. Cicero is first introduced to the reader as a lovable politician from humble beginnings who marries a rich woman in order to meet the money limit of Roman politics. He is a lawyer who surrounds himself with philosophers and people who rival his own intellect. Once Cicero announces his plan to be consul in the future, he sets out to achieve this no matter what it takes. After the death of his cousin, it seems as though Cicero loses his morality completely. Cicero easily gets swept up in making his way in Roman politics and all of the things that go along with it. He makes a few enemies when he decides to represent the people of Sicily against their current governor, Verres, but ultimately it was part of his plan to play the part of the people’s…...

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