In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus ,one of the main characters is described as a loving husband, military leader, master to his servants and a friend (Shakespeare 12). Brutus is a noble man. In the play, 3 acts are recalled below.

The first noble act Brutus tells Cassius that he will do anything to honor Rome. Honor is the most important principle that a man can hold, “if it be aught toward the general good, Set honor in one eye and death i’ th’ other, And i will look on both indifferently, For let the gods so speed me as I love The name of honor more than i fear death” (Shakespeare 87-92). If Brutus had to choose between death or life without honor, he would choose death. Brutus is an honorable man and will die if he cannot live his life with honoring Rome.What’s best for rome; it must be by his death and for my part i know no personal cause to spurn at him but for the general. He would be crowned. How might that change his nature, there’s the question.” (Shakespeare 10-14 Act 2, Scene 1) . The decisions Brutus makes are not personal but are based on what is best for Rome. In conclusion, Brutus is a very honorable man that does everything he can to honor Rome.

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The second noble act Brutus had to assassinate his best friend , Caesar, because he feared Caesar was not the best ruler for Rome.On the Ides of March ,the day the conspirators assassinated Caesar, Caesar’s final words were: “Et tu, Brute? — Then the fall, Caesar.”( Shakespeare 85 Act 3 Scene 1). This scene shows that Caesar would not die without Brutus’ stab. Caesar begins to realize that there has to be a noble reason for the assassination if Brutus was in it. Brutus asked the people, “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than Caesar were dead, to live all free men?”(Shakespeare 22-23, Act 3, Scene 2). If Caesar had lived then you would all be slaves. Caesar did not live, as a result you are all free men. Therefore, Caesar had to die for the good of Rome.

The third noble act Brutus let Mark Antony speak at the funeral. Brutus had a couple conditions that Mark Antony had to abide by before he could say his speech. Brutus was noble enough to let Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral; Mark Antony, here, take you Caesar’s … After my speech is ended.”(Shakespeare 258-265, Act 3, Scene 1). Brutus basically told Mark Antony to not say anything bad about the conspiracy killing Caesar. At the end of the play, when Brutus was found dead after running into his own sword, Mark Antony declared him to be “the noblest Roman of them all,”(Shakespeare 75, Act 5, Scene 5) Brutus was the only conspirator that killed Caesar with good intentions for the good of all Rome. The other conspirators were just jealous of great Caesar. As a result, Brutus died with honor.

In closing, Brutus killed Caesar for the good of Rome. Brutus is an honorable man and died with honor. I would never have done this to my bestfriend. I would have gave her a chance to be a leader first, see what she could do. Then if I felt like she was not doing what is best for Rome, I would have agreed with the assassination.