Brutus- A high-ranking well known nobleman in Rome. He has gained all his power from Caesar and is loved by the citizens of rome. Brutus has a high sense of honor and because of that he is easy to fool. Brutus later gets tricked by Cassius into joining the conspiracy and he kills Caesar. Because of Caesar's death he causes a big riot in Rome and then he later dies.
In Roman history, some elite men held certain values that they felt strong enough to take their life in order to defend it. In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, there are certain characters portrayed to show how a person’s values or ideas can change their behavior and influence some significant decisions. The protagonist of the play, Marcus Brutus, supports this thought by having an idealistic view on the world and by showing his patriotism toward Rome. In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Shakespeare uses Brutus as an honorable, idealistic man in order to show the depth that a high-class Roman man will go through in order to defend his honor.
Brutus was in fact a betrayer, and while he did feel sympathy for Caesar after he died, he killed him along with the other conspirators and even started a war of sorts in Rome, causing many to fall in battle- himself included. While Brutus was persuaded by fake letters, no man should be as gullible as him to completely switch sides on only the basis of three anonymous letters that were stuck to his window. Brutus was a villain who felt that he was the hero, more concerned about the safety of the government he loved rather than the friend that he loved.
The play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, entails the rise and fall of Julius Caesar and Brutus, the man plotting against him. At the opening of the play Julius is being celebrated for his victory over Pompey. Later, he is offered kingship; but Caesar refuses the crown. On the ides of March Brutus and some other men come before Caesar to plead a case; except, their only motive is to kill Caesar. Antony, Caesar’s right hand man, pretends to side with the conspirators after Caesar is killed, while he gathers an army to defeat Brutus. Antony and Octavius’ army defeats Brutus’ troops; forcing Brutus and many others to commit suicide. The tragic character, Brutus, is usually the protagonist that has a tragic flaw and this causes his defeat. A tragic flaw is the cause of their downfall, usually an action or belief. Brutus’ tragic flaws are his nobility, trust and the inability to wrong people. Brutus is the tragic character in Julius Caesar because of his nobility and because he does all his deeds for the good of Rome.
“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight. This quote can be assimilates to Brutus in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. In a way he died as a hero but he did live long enough and saw himself becoming the villain. Throughout the play, Brutus had been consumed in a lot of drama and deaths. The readers can tell the internal arguments he has with himself about it too. In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, there are many tragic deaths, drama, and heroes and villains. The question is, who is the hero and who is the villain.
He compares Caesar to a serpent in an egg which he must kill before it hatches. Brutus knows that Caesar is gaining too much power too quickly and it must come to an end. He shows his belief in a republic government by saying, “We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar / And in the spirit of men there is no blood" (II.i. 180-181). Cassius is a character who is jealous of Caesar’s power and also wants it to end. He forms a group of conspirators who are against Julius Caesar. He persuades Brutus to help him and the other conspirators to kill Caesar during the ides of March. Brutus joins but only due to his love for Rome and its people. He proves this by saying "Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius." (II.i. 179). This also proves his love for Caesar because he wants to kill him with some sort of honor. Brutus wants the citizens to look at him not as a murderer but for someone who cares for his country. He expresses his ideas toward the stabbing by saying , “If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer-not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more" (III, ii, 17-19).
Brutus was a patriot of Rome and did what he did for the sake of his own country. Some people in today’s society still believe that Brutus was just a horrible traitor which isn’t true. He was a kind friend who only wanted to help his people, even if that meant killing his best friend. Brutus was a patriot of Rome and not a traitor. Brutus may have been one of the conspirators to kill Caesar brutally, but like I said before, Brutus was simply protecting his country from slavery.
Caesar seemed very much like a king to Brutus, but since Caesar has spared him after he defeated Pompey, who Brutus has sided with during the Caesar/Pompey war, it made his decision to turn against Caesar a hard decision to make. Being faced with a very serious decision is another characteristic of a tragic hero that Brutus possessed. The Real Story Behind the Assassination Of Julius CaesarLarry Getlen - https://nypost.com/2015/03/01/the-real-story-behind-the-assassination-of-julius-caesar/This article tells the true story of the assassination of Julius Caesar. It goes into detail about the conspiracy that the Senator’s organized against Caesar. During this conspiracy, the organizing Senator’s realized they needed Brutus’ support. So they left graffiti and messages for Brutus that attacked his pride. The fact that Brutus contained excessive pride is a fifth characteristic of a tragic hero.
Talking about Brutus join the rebels and assassinate Caesar, historians and litterateurs are always hold different point of view. Dante put Brutus in the deepest floor of hell (Giudecca) in his book Divine Comedy and punished him with the most severe punishments. However, many scholars believed that Brutus was an idealist. He had no selfishness and what he want was only prevent Caesar proclaim himself as a kind and in order to save the Roman Republic, he had to betray his friend and his patron.
"Et Tu Brute?" spoken by Ceasar as his last words, perfectly describes Brutus' character in this play written by Shakespeare. Caesar and the readers thought the character of Brutus would be no danger as he was very loyal and noble. Caesar was so shocked by Brutus' actions, that he blurted only those as his last words. Brutus is this play's tragic hero as he was very honorable, but in the end, the main conspirator.
Brutus is a patriotic man. As he explains in Act III, Scene ii, lines 21-24, he is willing to set aside his love for Caesar, his friend, to do what is best for Rome. To him, Caesar is a threat to Rome and the freedom of its people, and since Rome is more important to him, he joins the conspirators in their plot to murder Caesar. Brutus’ love for his country also earns him the respect of the other senators.
“Et tu, Brute?” Caesar uttered his last words as he witnesses Brutus stab him, “Then fall Caesar!” As Brutus was that of the most trusted of Caesar. Political extremism was pushed onto Caesar which convinced him to conspire with envious senators and ultimately, participated in the brutal assassination of Caesar, who was ruthlessly stabbed 33 times, so he could become active ruler in Rome in the works of William Shakespeare derived from the play Julius Caesar. With what is being claimed, Brutus couldn’t possibly have been an honest man but a traitor.
When speaking to Cassius, Brutus shows that there is a right time to strike, and if that opportunity is not taken, it will be regretted. Ships normally need a high tide to enter and to leave a port. Not being able to control these tides, the ships waiting must take the opportunity and return or leave the coast. Brutus uses this expression, showing Cassius that they must not wait to attack Octavius and Antony’s forces. If wait further, than their soldiers could face defeat. Brutus is saying to grab the opportunity, whenever it appears, without hesitation.
There are many differences between Macbeth and Julius Caesar. There are also many comparisons. There are mostly similarities these are two fairly similar plays by Shakespeare. I am going to be comparing and contrasting the two plays. Both Brutus and Lady Macbeth are responsible for the murder of a leader.