“O that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit / And not dismember Caesar! But alas, / Caesar must bleed for it! And gentle friends, / Lets kill him boldly, but not wrathfully;” (II, i, 170-172). Brutus started from being Caesar’s friend, to wanting to kill him; he listens to others’ ideas and takes them as his own, changing his perspective
List of characters in Julius Caesar Play Brutus - A supporter of the republic who believes strongly in a government guided by the votes of senators. While Brutus loves Caesar as a friend, he opposes the ascension of any single man to the position of dictator, and he fears that Caesar aspires to such power. Brutus’s inflexible sense of honor makes it easy for Caesar’s enemies to manipulate him into believing that Caesar must die in order to preserve the republic. While the other conspirators act out of envy and rivalry, only Brutus truly believes that Caesar’s death will benefit Rome. Unlike Caesar, Brutus is able to separate completely his public life from his private life; by giving priority to matters of state, he epitomizes Roman virtue.
One idea in hisspeech stands out more than all the others. “If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I lovedRome more.” (III, ii, 19-24) Again, Brutus speaks of his love for Rome, and those of Rome.Brutus has the same love for Caesar as Antony did, but Brutus cared more for Caesar thenAntony ever could. In may be that killing Caesar was not pure, but Brutus’ intentions were as pure as possible. He believed he was doing the right thing and that makes Brutus more honorablethen any of the other men who conspired against
Marcus Brutus was in fact one of the conspirators that murdered Caesar. However, his actions are justified because he makes his decision with Rome's best interests in mind. One of Brutus' characteristics that plays a key part in this is his extraordinary patriotism. Brutus is shown as an influential man who loves his country and will do just about anything to protect it. Unlike the other conspirators, Brutus was not power hungry nor did he choose to kill Caesar for personal gain and selfish desires.
In addition to pathos he says “not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”, this an example of pathos because he shows love to Caesar and Rome. This part is effective because he makes tells the citizens that he did it for Rome and makes them feel that he loved them. He also says that if he had offended anyone that they should use the knife they used to kill Caesar and go with him, this is pathos because it creates fear of Brutus among the people. This is effective because he makes the citizens fear that if they disagree they should die too. Furthermore he says “who here is so rude that will not be a
If Brutus wasn’t honorable, he wouldn’t have fallen into Cassius hands and join his side. Because Brutus is a man honor with no hidden motives, he trusts Cassius and cannot see behind his lies. Cassius writes phony letters to Brutus that make him believe the Roman people are begging for his help and since Brutus is an honorable person he agrees to help. Not only does this show he is an honorable man but he is gullible too. When he says, "…not that I loved Caesar less but I loved Rome more."
Brutus never gives in to ideas others force upon him. When Cassius tries to persuade Brutus to kill Caesar he says, “what you have said I will consider… Brutus had rather be a villager than to repute himself a son of Rome” (I.ii.23). This shows that Brutus cannot be persuaded; he will consider the point, but in the end he will do what he thinks is right. Brutus cares about the people; whatever he does is for Rome. Brutus states that his role in Caesar's murder was to help Rome and not for himself, he proves this when he states “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” (III.ii.117) Even his enemy Mark Antony says "this was the
Before Act3 Scene 2 Mark Anthony seems like a bit of a coward and Caesar’s puppet, he lacks confidence as he seems to always agree with Caesar and gives the impression that he doesn’t take life seriously, loves partying and envoy’s the company of women. Not something a brave roman would do in those days. This could have been an act for it most certainly saved his life as Cassius would have had him killed with Caesar but for Brutus who underestimated him and refers to him “he can do….head is off”, (Act,2,sc1,.182:183) where Brutus believes Anthony to be useless without Caesar. Anthony proves to be very clever in the moments after Caesars death and very sneakily convinces the conspirators
Brutus was a betrayer. They might think that Brutus was a patriot because he was made to believe that he was the one to save his country and was the noblest of all men. But he betrays his friend Cassius because he believes he is better than everyone else because a few people think that he should be king and not Caesar. Brutas acts like Caesar’s friend and then kills him because Brutas felt that he would be more fit as a ruler. So in the end he follows through with his plan and betrays and kills Caesar.
Although Brutus initially was the approval of the Roman citizens Antony’s sarcastic speech made the Romans second guess if the assassination of Caesar was right. In the speech Mark Antony gave in Act 3 Scene 2 he was speaking about Caesar being ambitious and Brutus being an honorable man but keeps repeating it in a sarcastic tone. For instances Antony said “But Brutus says he is ambitious and Brutus is a honorable man”, then again Brutus said “Yet Brutus says he was ambitious and Brutus is an honorable man” because it’s repeated a couple throughout Antony’s speech. As well in Act 3 Scene 2 Brutus said “And for my sake, stay here with Antony Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech. Tending to Caesar’s glories, which Mark Antony By our permission is allowed to make.