Brutus Character Analysis in Shakespeare's Tragedy of Julius Caesar

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Character Analysis: Brutus

William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, was mainly based on the assassination of Julius Caesar. The character who was the mastermind behind the assassination was, ironically, Marcus Brutus, a senator and close friend to Julius Caesar. But what would cause a person to kill a close friend? After I examined Brutus' relationship towards Caesar, his involvement in the conspiracy and his importance to the plot it all became clear. Brutus had one particular reason for killing Caesar and that was for the good of the people and the republic. Brutus had no personal reason for killing Caesar. Some of his most admirable traits were his morality and leadership skills. Brutus had a strong relationship
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On the Ides of
March, as Caesar was assassinated, Caesar's last line is: "Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar,"(Act 3, scene 1, line 77). I think Caesar realized that there must be a reason for this assassination if Brutus was part of it. This again shows how much Caesar respects Brutus. Marcus Brutus was a very well thought out man. Brutus declares to himself that his role in the conspiracy is to save Rome. He says to the people that, "If then that friend demands why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more."(Act 3, scene 2, lines 19-21). If Brutus was not in the plot of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the whole plot would've fallen apart. Since Brutus "...loved Rome more."(Act 3, scene 2 and line 21), he decided to be a part of the conspiracy. Cassius and the rest of the conspirators would probably not have continued on without Brutus because they would have no "insurance" afterwards. The people would think that there was no reason for Caesar's death and most likely beheaded all the conspirators. These are the reasons why Brutus was needed Marcus Brutus was a good friend to Julius Caesar, but not good enough. He had moral values dealing with Rome and its people. Brutus' values then made him join a conspiracy against Caesar put together by Cassius. Brutus joined mainly because he didn't want Caesar to turn his back on Rome so there would be a reasonable reason for killing Caesar.
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