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Examining Whether Or Not Brutus Is A Hero Or Villain In Shakespeare's Play Julius Caesar

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“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight. This quote can be assimilates to Brutus in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. In a way he died as a hero but he did live long enough and saw himself becoming the villain. Throughout the play, Brutus had been consumed in a lot of drama and deaths. The readers can tell the internal arguments he has with himself about it too. In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, there are many tragic deaths, drama, and heroes and villains. The question is, who is the hero and who is the villain.
Brutus is an honorable man in this play but when Cassius, one of the main characters, and antagonists from the play, points out to Brutus why he doesn’t like Caesar, Brutus starts analyzing it. Then his first internal argument in the play starts to form. "Men at some times are masters of their fates. / The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves, that we are underlying. / Brutus and Caesar- what should be in that "Caesar"? / Why should that name be sounded more than yours? / Write them together, yours is a fair name" (I.ii.140-145). In this quote Cassius vents his feelings on Caesar. He knows that Caesar is power- hungry, and only wants to become king or ruler of Rome. "Why, there was a crown offered him; and, being offered / him, he put it by with the back of his hand, thus; and then / the people fell a shouting" (I.ii.220-223). Casca, a friend of Cassius, tells Brutus and Cassius this news. After hearing this cognizance, Cassius knows that Caesar was only doing that as a display to the citizens who were there witnessing it. Wanting Caesar to stop trying to get into power, once Brutus and Casca leave his presence, Cassius begins to plan a way to execute Caesar so he wouldn't ruin or change Rome's government, and a way to get Brutus on their side. Brutus is a devoted friend of Caesar and since they are such trusty friends, Brutus can lead Caesar to Cassius's trap without speculating anything because he thinks Brutus is noble to him.
Once Cassius gets what he wants, Brutus to be on his side, they and some others begin to plan how they will get to Caesar and kill him. Then when Brutus agrees to join the conspiracy to annihilate Caesar, it is the beginning of him becoming the villain. He is still the hero though; he only joined the conspiracy for the good of Rome. "This was the noblest Roman of them all. / All the conspirators save only he / Did that they did in envy of great Caesar. / He only in a general honest thought / And common good to all, made one of them" (V.v.68-72). This quote is said by Antony at the end of the play. In that scene, he and Caesar's adopted son, Octavius have seen Brutus's dead body. They have seen the good in Brutus and have noticed that he has acted out of his love for Rome." ...not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more" (III.ii.21). That was part of the speech Brutus gave to the...

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