Being ethical, patriotic, reasonable, and showing selflessness are just a few characteristics of a noble man. After the death of respected Julius Caesar, the speedy fight for power exposed the veracious side of Roman figures. William Shakespeare, in his play Julius Caesar, examines the struggles for the title of the noblest Roman between ethical Marcus Brutus and other power thirsty Romans to reveal the most honorable man.
Marcus Brutus shows qualities of a noble roman through patriotism. He makes many tough decisions that result in questioning his character, but the actions he takes are for the betterment and out of the love for Rome. After the assassination of Caesar, Brutus orders: “And let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s blood / Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords: / Then we walk forth, even to the market-place, / And waving our red weapons o’er our heads, / Let’s all cry, ‘Peace, freedom, and liberty!’ (III.i.106-110).
These lines show Brutus’ patriotism because he wants to go to the market place yelling “Peace, freedom, and liberty!” showing Romans that killing Caesar was not for power but for the betterment of Rome. After Marcus Brutus’ death Antony addressed his true feelings. Over Brutus’ dead body he said: “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.69-72)
Antony realized that Brutus did not murder Caesar out of desire but only because it was out of adore for Rome. Brutus believed that Caesar was ambitious and not a good king for Rome. Along with patriotism Brutus shows high moral standards as another noble characteristic.
Brutus portrays ethical standards as another honorable and noble act. After Caesars assassination, the tension unfolds and individual values and morals are exposed. Brutus can be summarized as a welcoming and loving person. Although he’s classified as a conspirator against Caesar, he tried to not scare Romans and Antony. After killing Caesar, Brutus attempts to explain and make peace with Antony by saying:
“Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful;
And pity to the general wrong of Rome-
As fire drives out fire, so pity pity-
Hath done this deed on Caesar. For your part,
To you our swords...