In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a play by William Shakespeare, there is a man most noble above all others. His name is Marcus Brutus. Brutus was the man responsible for the death of Caesar who was his close friend. Though Caesar had been betrayed, no one was more melancholy than Brutus himself. Brutus would not kill his best friend without cause or without reason, however. After analyzing Brutus’ participation in the conspiracy, friendship to Caesar, and his significance to the plot, the truth can finally be understood.
Marcus Brutus was the main character in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. His participation in the conspiracy against Caesar was essential for the plot to work. Cassius knew this, therefore, he tried very hard to convince him to murder Caesar and save Rome. The reason why the conspirators wanted Brutus on their side was because he was an honorable man whom Rome loved. ...view middle of the document...
Marcus Brutus’ friendship with Julius Caesar can be described as one between brothers. In the book, the two are constantly engaging with each other, and love each other very much. However, Brutus’ love for Caesar did not blind him of his faults. Brutus knew that Caesar would soon be crowned king and feared what this power could do to Rome. You can sense Brutus’ fear when he asks 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). He fears that Caesar will accept the crown and then simply turn his back on the people of Rome. Although, this did not change Brutus’ love for Caesar. When Brutus was forced to kill Caesar for the greater good of Rome and stabbed him, Caesar said the heartbroken line "Et tu, Brute?--Then fall, Caesar."(act 3, scene 1, l.85). In my opinion this shows that Caesar would not die without Brutus’ stab, just like Argos wouldn't die until he finally saw Odysseus. Its my belief that Caesar recognized that there was a noble cause for his death if Brutus was involved. Caesar realizes that there must be a noble reason for this assassination if Brutus was in it. During his death I think that Julius Caesar loved Brutus and respected him, even with the final stab. Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus, two best friends, could only be divided by ones greater love for Rome.
If Brutus was not in the plot of “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, it would have utterly and completely failed. Brutus was the main conspirator, and he put Rome above all else because he "…loved Rome more."(Act 3,scene2, ll.23-24). Had Brutus put Julius Caesar before Rome, Julius Caesar would have lived to reign in tyranny or Cassius would have put an end to his life as well as Marc Antony's. Also the conspirators would have been seen as liars and would have been killed before they had any chance to flee. We would be reading a complete different story if the main character, Marcus Brutus, was not in it. Brutus was not in the play, the title would have absolutely no meaning.