Analysis of Brutus' Character

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An Analysis of Marcus Brutus’ character Julius Caesar is a historical play written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare. The central theme of the play is the conspiracy hatched against Caesar, his assassination, the subsequent civil war and the ultimate defeat of the conspirators by the loyalists led by Mark Antony, Caesar’s best friend. Marcus Brutus, a principal character in the play, is a very much respected member of the Roman nobility. He is a close friend of Caesar; yet he does not like Caesar’s rising power as a dictator. He lives a life adhering to a set of high moral principals. He loves his country more than he loves anybody or anything. He is a loyal husband to his wife and a caring master to his servants. With all that idealism he is an unpractical man who is not capable of understanding the workings of the mind of man. So, he is a failure in life. Based on what transpires in the play, let us analyze in detail, the nature of Brutus’ character. The principal architect of the conspiracy is Cassius. He thinks of enlisting the support of Marcus Brutus to give leadership to the faction against Caesar. The reason for the choice is that Brutus has a high standing in the Roman society, and the people are more likely to listen to what he says. In Act 1 Scene II, Cassius tries to find out Brutus’ position with regard to the rising power of Caesar. When he concludes that Brutus does not like the dictatorship, he talks highly of Brutus and his ancestors with a view to enlist his co-operation for the venture. At the end of the discussion, which shows signs of Brutus’ wish to support the work to be undertaken, and after he leaves the scene, this is what Cassius says to himself: “Well, Brutus, thou art noble;”. Act I Scene II Mark Antony too confirms this opinion about Brutus when he says: “That Nature might stand up and say “‘This was a man!’”.
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