Analysis of Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare

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In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Julius Caesar, the protagonist, Brutus, conspires against and successfully kills Caesar; to only find the city he loves in chaos and mutiny from his actions. Brutus in the eyes of many people was a noble and honorable man who loved and adored the city of Rome, and no person thought more of this than Caesar. To Caesar, Brutus was the son he never had, and his love of Brutus was known, therefore the thought of Brutus betraying him was absurd. However, imagine if not only Brutus did not love Caesar, but he hated him. If that was the situation in the Julius Caesar, the play would then change drastically, with almost every quote from Brutus changing. If this is the case, Brutus’ hatred of Caesar and love of…show more content…
/ Let’s carve him as a dish fit for gods, / Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds.” This meant that Brutus loved Caesar enough to respect his remains and not have the murder perceived as gruesome but as essential for Rome to remain free, peaceful and have liberty. Brutus wanted his body to be in such pristine condition that it would be fit for the gods. He was keeping in mind that he was not killing Caesar out of his personal strife, but for greater well-being of Rome. This way of thinking would affect the murder from being seen as savage to humane, only doing what was necessary to kill him. However this would mind set would change if Brutus hated Caesar. Brutus would not care to respect a body of a man he hated, he would want to kill him wrathfully, and try to cause the most pain he possibly could. In the last paragraph, I explained how the murder of Caesar would be gruesome if Brutus actually did hate Caesar rather than in the actual play were he did love Caesar. Well after the conspirators stabbed Caesar to death in the street, Brutus announced to the other conspirators, “And let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s blood/ Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords.” Not only did the men kill Caesar in the streets of Rome, which symbolizes their boldness, they smeared Caesar’s own blood on their arms and their swords, which they then yelled and ran about Rome. This clearly shows the hatred Brutus had

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