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Brutus Character Analysis

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Marcus Brutus In William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a scheme was plotted and carried out for the assassination of Julius Caesar. One of the main conspirators was Marcus Brutus, a servant and close friend to Julius Caesar. But what would cause a person to kill a close friend? Brutus' relationship to Caesar, his inner conflict for Rome or for the love of a friend, and his importance to the plot, answer this question. Marcus Brutus has a strong relationship with Caesar but a stronger relationship with Rome and its people. Brutus was very close to Caesar. Brutus also loved Caesar, but feared his power. Brutus said to Cassius, "What means this shouting? I do fear the people do choose Caesar for their king...yet I love him well."(Act 1, scene 2, ll.85-89). Brutus loved Caesar, but would not allow him to "climber-upward...He then unto the ladder turns his back..."(act 2, scene 1, ll.24, 26). As the quote said, Brutus did not want Caesar to rise to power and then turn his back on the people of Rome. On the Ides of March, as Caesar was assassinated, Caesar's last line was: "Et tu, Brute? --Then fall, Caesar."(Act 3, scene 1, l.85). This shows that Caesar realized that there must have been a noble reason for his assassination if Brutus was involved in it. This again shows how much Caesar respected Brutus. After the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus talked to Antony about Caesar's death. "Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful; and pity to the general wrong of Rome..."(act 3, scene 1, ll.185-186). Brutus said that Antony didn't see the conspirator's hearts, which were full of pity for Caesar and for the corruption of Rome. Again, this showed how Brutus loved Caesar but cared for the life of Rome and its people more. This was the only reason Brutus conspired against Caesar. In a soliloquy, Brutus said, "I know no personal cause to spurn at him...How that might change his nature..."(act 2, scene1, and ll. 1,13) Brutus also declared to...

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