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Honor In The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare

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Honor is a quality defined as means of being true to a set of personal ideals, or being a man of high integrity and respect. This is certainly subjective and can vary greatly depending on the interpretation. This concept is explored in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. While some may argue that Marcus Junius Brutus is dishonorable, in reality Brutus is honorable because he kills himself more willingly than he kills Julius Caesar, and he kills Caesar for the good of Rome.
To begin, Brutus kills himself more willingly than he kills Caesar because he truly does love Caesar and does not want to kill him, but he wants what is best for Rome. Brutus says, “Farewell, good Strato. Caesar now be still. I killed thee with half so good a will” (V.v. 50-1). In other words, Brutus kills himself half as willingly as he kills Caesar. Therefore, this shows that Brutus is extremely honorable as even though he murders Caesar with the conspirators for the benefit of Rome, he still has regrets about this decision as he has respect and love for Caesar, but Brutus is more sure of killing himself then he is about killing a person he thinks is an ambitious character. Secondly, Brutus, in a noble fashion politely says farewell to all of his friends before he surely kills himself. Shakespeare writes, “Farewell to you; and you; and you, Volumnius. Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep. Farewell to these too, strato. Countrymen, my heart doth joy that yet all in my life I found
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