Marcus Brutus As The Protagonist Of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Marcus Brutus as the Protagonist of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

 
   All men have the power to reason.  Some

men can reason better than others, nonetheless, all men

can reason.  In order to reason, one must clear his mind, be completely

impartial, and understand the situation to the best of his ability.  The play

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, is the story of a man trying his best to

make reasonable, rational decisions.  Marcus Brutus is this struggling character

who evades constant pressure from all sides to gloriously pull through, yet dies

at play's end.  Undoubtedly, Brutus is the main character, and driving force of

the play, despite the misleading title of Julius Caesar.    Three separate,

critical aspects help to show the reader how unimportant Julius Caesar is to the

play.  Caesar appears, in dreams, and thoughts of multiple people, giving

warnings and special messages.  Nobody seems to pay attention to him.

Anotherexample is illustrated by the way that Brutus seems to dominate his own

actions, whatever he is thinking.  Also, Antony declares war on Brutus, but not

out of love for Caesar, but anger toward the conspirators.  As these aspects are

explained in further detail one will be sure of the fact that Brutus, without

question, clearly dominates the play as a whole.

 

Caesar warns numerous people of ensuing tragedies multiple times, and not once

is he listened to.  Calpurnia cries out terrified three times during the night,

"Help ho - they murder Caesar!"  The reader soon learns of a dream in which

Caesar's wife visualizes her husband's death.  She begs and pleads Caesar to

stay home that day, however, nobody ever pays any attention to her dream.  In

this instance, Caesar has no influence on the outcome of the play.  Again, when

Brutus sees the likeness of Caesar in a dream,  Caesar gives an ominous message

implying to Brutus not to go to Philipi.  ". . . thou shalt see me at Philipi."

The ghost of Caesar, unimportant and unbelieved is perceived as a "day dream."

Brutus, not paying any attention to the dead and gone Caesar, does not listen.

In this sense, Caesar does not make a strong enough impression upon other

characters in the play to be taken seriously.   In the battles between Antony

and Brutus, Caesar is often mentioned in their dying words.  "Caesar, thou art

revenged, even with the sword that killed thee."  These are  Cassius' dying

words.  Brutus's final words are somewhat similar, "Caesar, now be still; I

killed not thee with half so good a will."  Their words represent that although

final thoughts consisted of the evil crime they had committed, Caesar had

nothing to do with their deaths.   Caesar, although a highly respectable man,

had no more influence on the outcome of the play than did any character.

 

Brutus dominates...

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