Character And Theme Analysis : Brutus And Nobility

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Ardith Bhinu Ms. Halfmann Character/ Theme Analysis 06 October 2017 Brutus and Nobility Throughout history, many noble people have lived. From this group, a vast number of these people have suffered very greatly. Few examples of these cases are Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi. Similarly, in Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, the theme that noble men’s intentions can lead to the most dire consequences is developed through the character Brutus. Brutus’s noble character is developed not only by himself, but by others as well. Many of these supporting characters strengthen this theme, especially Casca: “O, he sits high in all people’s hearts...”(1.3.166-169) /And that which would appear offense in us,/ His countenance, like richest…show more content…
He says this is because Antony is a servant to Caesar, and if they kill Antony along with Caesar, their cause will seem too bloody. Brutus also states that this will cause the public to believe that the conspiracy took place as an act of envy, rather than an act of selflessness. Yet another time when Brutus is proven noble is when he tells Antony after the murder of Caesar “Our hearts are pitiful; / And pity to the general wrong of Rome”(3.1.183-184). This statement shows that Brutus truly intended this murder to be a noble action, and he feels sorry for the wrong done to Rome. Moreover, Brutus is shown to be a noble man yet again nearing the end of the play. These statements are all made after Caesar’s murder, and develop the previous theme: “Believe me for mine / honor, and have some respect to mine honor, that you may / believe”(3.2.16-18). A public request by Brutus shows his belief that all the plebeians will listen to him, on behalf of his honor, indicating that he believed that he still possessed honor. While the murder may have been the action that discredited his honor, Brutus believes that, since the murder was a noble act for the good of all Rome, he did not wrong anyone. Along with this case, Brutus gives the avowal that it is “ Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome / more”(3.2.23-24). This confirms that Brutus meant for the conspiracy to be an act that benefitted all of

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