There may even be a better case from the literary side than Mr. Mitchell thinks.
Some friends and I were watching the 1953 movie version of "Julius Caesar." We caught something important but neglected. After the assassination of Caesar in the play note the content and juxtaposition of the speeches of Brutus and Marc Anthony before the crowd in the Forum.
Brutus killed Caesar because of Caesar’s libido domnandi--his lust for power. “Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead to live all free men?”
Anthony bought off the crowd by pointing out minor "gifts" for the people in Caesar's will just as Barack Obama famously bought the support of the lady in Cleveland with a free cell phone.