Is Julius Caesar Honor Or Dishonored?

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Nathan Morfoot Mr. Vazzana English II Honors 11 March 2013 Brutus, Honored or Dishonored? Would you be able to take a man's life to better your country? In Julius Caesar a play written by William Shakespeare a man name Brutus did just that. He killed the dictator of Rome at the time, Julius Caesar. Brutus was highly regarded and loved by the people of Rome. However, Julius Caesar was also a beloved man of Rome during this time. Brutus had his reasons for killing Caesar, but were they just reasons? Some may feel that Brutus from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is a dishonorable man; Brutus's honorable character is displayed through the citizens' love for him, his desire to better Rome, and his logical reasoning for taking Caesar's life.…show more content…
Not all of his attempts may be successful. However, he is never doing anything for self gain. “If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”(3.2.20-22). Brutus was very close to Caesar, but Caesar grew mad with power. Brutus knew that he had to put an end to Caesar's rain, but in order to do so, he had to take the life of the man he was once so close to. Brutus killed Caesar, not to better himself but to save Rome from the tyranny that was to come. “Stoop, Romans, stoop And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood Up to the elbows, and besmear our sword: Then walk we forth even to the market-place, And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads, Let's all cry 'Peace, freedom and liberty!'”(3.1.105-10). Brutus's thought process was that if he killed Caesar, Rome would be at peace. It is true that this isn't what comes in return for the death of Caesar. However, Brutus's intentions were just. He states in this quote that they will take Caesar's blood and cry peace and liberty because in Brutus's eyes killing Caesar would bring about peace in Rome. “Remember March, the ides of March remember: Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake? What villain touched his body, that did stab, And not for justice?”(4.3.18-21) In this quote, Brutus is saying that no man who partook in Julius Caesar's downfall did so for self gain. Brutus's and every other conspirator slayed Caesar because they honestly believed that it would be what was best for Rome. Brutus evokes the emotion in the audience in order to get his point across. Brutus's honor can be proved through another very important
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