Act II Short Essay
Before diving into specific detail regarding whether Brutus is “happy” about his decision, it is essential to remember that Brutus calls Caesar a trusted friend throughout the first two acts of the play. Seeing that Brutus is known for being an extremely noble man, he would not lie about his friendship with Caesar. I cannot think of any possible situation where a noble man would be “happy” about the decision to murder his friend. However, that does not mean that he doesn’t believe that this is the best decision he can make for Rome. To sum up this question, I would answer this question: “Is he happy about his decision to murder Caesar?” The answer would indefinitely be negative. But if the question were asked, “Is Brutus happy that he made the decision to murder Caesar because he knows that it was best for Rome?” The answer would indefinitely be yes. This can be seen in Act II, Scene I in which Brutus confirms to Lucius that he will take part in the conspiracy. “It must be by his death, and for my part I know no personal cause in which to spurn at him but for the general.” Secondly, I believe Brutus made the correct decision because he is noted as being a very wise and noble man and thusly he has great insight into how Caesar would be as a ruler. In Act II, scene i he talks about how it is likely that Caesar will become somewhat of a tyrant and treat the people of Rome (even those who supported him) poorly. Brutus is quoted saying,
“But ’tis a common proof
That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber upward turns his face.
But when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend. “
This shows that Brutus wholeheartedly believed that Caesar was going to do harm to Rome. Brutus had thought through his decision and this was something that would benefit the overall population. Due to his merit and stellar reputation within the...