The Most Honorable Man- Julius Caesar

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The Most Honorable Man Being ethical, patriotic, reasonable, and showing selflessness are just a few characteristics of an honorable man, but still honor is in the eye of the beholder. After the death of respected Julius Caesar, the fight for power exposes the veracious side of Roman figures. William Shakespeare, in his play Julius Caesar, examines the struggles for the title of the noblest Roman between ethical Marcus Brutus and other power thirsty Romans to reveal the most honorable man. The actions Brutus takes are for the betterment and love for Rome. Likewise, Antony’s motivation is his loyalty to Caesar; he does not stop until he avenges Caesar’s death. Unfortunately, Cassius is self-absorbed; his world simply revolves around himself. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar presents different vies of honor primarily through three main characters; Brutus is the most honorable due to his patriotism, Antony follows behind considering his loyalty, and Cassius is least honorable by cause of his self-centeredness. Brutus is the most honorable man, for he continues to act upon his beliefs and his motivations are pure; he wants to make Rome a better place. 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

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