Honor In Julius Caesar Essay

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Trying Brutus Friends, Romans, Countrymen! Lend me your ears! Throughout William Shakespeare’s historical play, Julius Caesar, there is an omnipresent sense of questioning deriving from the play’s most controversial character, Marcus Brutus, and his sense of honor, or more, whether he has any honor to speak of. The debate concerning Brutus’ possible antagonism and inherent hubris isn’t unfounded by any means; however, the evidence of his honorability seems to outweigh anything supporting his lack of it. It is likely that without the presence of Caius Cassius, Brutus never would have even considered murdering Caesar, a man among his most beloved friends. Cassius was one who appeared to make it his own personal duty to plant the seed of deceit within Brutus against Julius Caesar. From only the second scene of the play, Cassius is already speaking ill of Caesar to Brutus. He tells Brutus that he will his be “glass,” or mirror, to reflect to him what Brutus himself cannot see. The following dialogue seems to be set up in a way to manipulate Brutus so that he may join Cassius in his plot against Caesar. Cassius bespoke words against Brutus’ own honor, of which he was so inherently proud of it was likely a strike against his very person, in a sense to dress up Caesar to be an enemy of the state. “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world / Like…show more content…
He was, arguably, ell bent on a path of war, not the type to hesitate to take what he wanted by force. Caesar had crushed Pompey, another supposedly honorable man, as well as his army. He was also of the “falling sickness” or epilepsy, and this would have inhibited his abilities as a tactful and empowering ruler of Rome. Even Marc Antony and Octavius, Caesar’s closest friend and his nephew, had considered Brutus an honorable Roman in the end, to the point of housing his lifeless body within Octavius’ tent, a standard only for the bravest of

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