Just from reading the first two acts of the play, it’s already easy to see just how much power the normal people/citizens in Julius Caesar can potentially have. Within the first scene of the play, small hints are given in the form of Flavius and Murellus scolding “mechanicals” and their lack of proper work attire simply because Caesar has returned from the successful defeat of Pompey, which Flavius is disgusted by. “And do you now put on your best attire? And do you now cull out a holiday? And do you now strew flowers in his way that comes in triumph of Pompey’s blood” (1.1 46-50)? In Flavius’ eyes, this is only made worse of an insult when it is discovered that Caesar’s supporters have been adorning his statues with imperial crowns, implying that they want him as a monarch, to which Flavius is quick to tell Murellus, “Disrobe the images if you do find them decked with ceremonies” (1.1 63-64).
No one is more concerned about the people of Rome than Cassius who tries to understand the logic behind why they would be so quick to create an exalted and god like figure in Caesar when he is just an ordinary man that required the help of another, being Cassius himself. “But ere we could arrive the point proposed, Caesar cried “Help me, Cassius, or I sink!” Ay, as Aeneas our great ancestor did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder the old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber did I tried Caesar (1.2. 112-127). Cassius also laments or at least points out the fact that despite what he did for Caesar, Caesar is the one to rise up to obtain power, despite how he was the one saved. “And this man is now become a god, and Cassius is a wretched creature, and must bend his body if Caesar carelessly but nod on him (1.2. 117-120). While not directly aimed at the people of Rome, it is important to note that Cassius is attempting to understand how they could let someone who needed to be rescued to be the one who will rule them all.
Most scathing and important of all of Cassius’ logic directed towards the people of Rome comes in his convincing of Casca to join his cause against Caesar when he says “Poor man, I know he would not be a wolf but that he sees the Romans are but sheep. He were no lion, were not Romans hinds. Those that with haste will make a mighty fire begin it with weak straws. What trash is Rome. What rubbish, and what offal, when it serves for the base matter to illuminate so a vile a thing as Caesar” (1.3. 103-110). Compare this sort of mentality seen with Richard III where a want to be ruler has to actively win the people over who are to some degree do not fully trust Richard and do not afford him much power to a sheep like mentality that Cassius describes leaves the people clamoring for a strong leader that they will follow without question and even if Caesar did not start out a tyrant with those types of factors around him, it would only be a matter of time.