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Character Analysis Of Marcus Brutus: "The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar" By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare's play, "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar", ismainly based on the assassination of Julius Caesar. The characterwho was in charge of the assassination was, ironically, Marcus Brutus,a servant and close friend to Julius Caesar. But what would cause aperson to kill a close friend? After examining Brutus' relationship toCaesar, his involvement in the conspiracy, and his importance to theplot, the truth can be revealed.Marcus Brutus, a servant and close friend to Caesar, has astrong relationship with Caesar but a stronger relationship withRome and its people. Brutus is very close to Caesar. In Roman times,the only way for someone to get close to a person of high rank is ifhe/she is close to him/her. In many points of the play, Brutus wastalking and next to Caesar. Brutus also loves Caesar but fears hispower. In the early acts of the play, Brutus says to Cassius, "Whatmeans this shouting? I do fear the people do choose Caesar for theirking...yet I love him well."(act 1, scene 2, ll.85-89), as he isspeaking to Cassius. Brutus loves 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 says, Brutus would not allow Caesarto rise to power and then turn his back onto the people of Rome. Afterthe assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus talks to Antony aboutCaesar's death. "Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful; and pityto the general wrong of Rome..."(act 3, scene 1, ll.185-186). Brutussays that Antony cannot see their(members of the conspiracy) hearts,which are full of pity. Again, this shows how Brutus loved Caesar butcared for the life of Rome and its people more. This is the onlyreason Brutus would conspire against Caesar. For Brutus says tohimself, "I know no personal cause to spurn at him...How that mightchange his nature..."(act 2, scene1, ll. 1,13) Caesar's relationshipwith Brutus is also strong. Just allowing Brutus to speak to Caesarshows his respect for Brutus. Caesar feels that Brutus is noble to himand does the right thing regardless of personal danger. On the Ides ofMarch, as Caesar was assassinated, Caesar's last line is: "Et tu,Brute?--Then fall, Caesar."(act 3, scene 1, l.85). This shows thatCaesar would not die without Brutus' stab. Caesar realizes that theremust be a noble reason for this...

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