Brutus, and Caesar: what should be in that Caesar? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name” (act 1.2.140-144). That is a quote from Cassius saying that Caesar is just as noble as Brutus. “Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully.
Brutus wanted Romans to feel free so they wouldn’t have to die slaves. He needed a conspiracy to show that more than one person wanted Caesar dead. Brutus said that he did love Caesar, but he loved Rome more. Antony was also a friend of Caesar. He was ashamed of Brutus and the other conspirators.
He is already a man distrusted by the conspirators for his friendship with Caesar. Brutus lets him speak at Caesar's funeral, but only after Brutus, a great orator in his own right, has spoken first to "show the reason of our Caesar's death." Brutus makes it clear that Antony may speak whatever good he wishes of Caesar so long as he speaks no ill of the conspirators. But Antony has two advantages over Brutus: his subterfuge and his chance to have the last word. It's safe to say that Antony makes the most of his opportunity.
The familiar quote, “Flattery will get you nowhere”, did not apply to Cassius. Cassius’ realization that Brutus is susceptible to flattery proves helpful in his plot. As Cassius and Brutus carry on their conversation, Cassius realizes that Brutus values honor more than anything. With that in mind, Cassius appeals to honor in order to persuade Brutus. Cassius begins to tell Brutus two stories about Julius Caesar.
In lines 90-91 of Act 1, Scene 2, Brutus says, “For let the gods so speed me as I love the name of honor more than I fear death.” This states that not only would Brutus take someone’s life for the good of Rome, he would also give his own. He would rather die with dignity, than run from death. An actual evil man would be Cassius, who cares solely about his own personal needs and nothing else. Brutus, however, was truly in the conspiracy only to benefit Rome. Once Brutus had convinced himself that there was no other way to handle the matter of Caesar’s corruption of power, he refused to hurt anyone else.
Marcus Brutus is this struggling character who evades constant pressure from all sides to gloriously pull through, yet dies at play's end. Undoubtedly, Brutus is the main character, and driving force of the play, despite the misleading title of Julius Caesar. Three separate, critical aspects help to show the reader how unimportant Julius Caesar is to the play. Caesar appears, in dreams, and thoughts of multiple people, giving warnings and special messages. Nobody seems to pay attention to him.
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did see that on the Lupercal, I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?” (Jul.3.2.l.1632-1641).This quotes shows one that Antony was very smart and persuasive when he gave his speech to the commoners with Caesar’s body next to him. From Antony being so persuasive Rome’s people were starting to turn against the conspirators for killing Caesar. Antony was very cunning for putting himself in that position by asking Brutus to speak because he wanted to do so he could change the minds of the Romans. Antony had very good relationship with Caesar.
In William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Marcus Brutus has a strong relationship with Julius Caesar, but an even stronger relationship with Rome and its citizens. His love for Rome is what drove him to assassinate Julius Caesar, because despite being such an intimate friend of Caesar, he felt his growing power would threaten the welfare of Rome. The honorable intentions of Brutus are what make him the noblest of all the Romans. Marcus Brutus felt that allowing Julius Caesar to accumulate power would put Rome and its citizens in danger. In his speech to the Roman citizens at Caesar’s funeral, he asks them: “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” (Act III, sc.
This makes the audience connect with Caesar. It makes things personal when he reads that Caesar decided to give everything he had, after he died. What was his strongest argument? His strongest argument would be that Caesar was a good man. He says that the reasons Caesar was killed were wrong.
Cassius decides to write letters to Brutus that are seemingly written by many angry and bitter yet powerless citizens in an effort to make Brutus believe that killing Caesar is the right, even though not necessarily morally, action to take; as a result the thought of killing Caesar starts to appear as the honorable thing to do. Furthermore Shakespeare comments, “Three parts of him is ours already, and the man entire upon the next encounter yields him ours” (Julius Caesar 1.3.154-156). Cassius believes that they have accomplished in winning over Brutus to their side; therefore, Brutus hass nearly been completely persuaded to commit treason against Caesar. The conspirators