Julius Caesar Essay Honor

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Madeline Switzer M. Halfmann Honors English 9 6 October 2017 Honor In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, many themes are developed. One character, Brutus, displays a significant theme that develops through the entire play. The theme that is supported most by this character is the idea that honor and respect are gained through performing works for the good of others instead of for personal gain. This theme is first seen when Brutus thinks about whether he should kill Caesar. He sits in his orchard and contemplates what his reason for killing Caesar is. As he thinks this over, he realizes that if he kills Caesar, it is not for his own gain, but for others. He expresses this when he says, “It must be by his death, and, for my part,…show more content…
The citizens of Rome begin to see Brutus’s way of thinking and they understand that he really did think of the good of the people while making his decision. They also understand that Brutus was not thinking selfishly like they had assumed, but logically. This helps them to trust him more because he thought about the situation in an unbiased way. The plebeians respond to Brutus’s explanation by saying, “Live, Brutus, live, live! / Bring him with triumph home unto his house… This Caesar was tyrant. / Nay, that’s certain. / We are blessed that Rome is rid of him” (III.ii.49-50 and 75-77). The Plebeians learn that Brutus had honest intentions and they respect and praise him for it. The knowledge that Brutus was selfless enough to kill his friend in order to save them from tyranny, earns their respect. A final situation where this theme is developed is during the events surrounding the death of Brutus. The honor that Brutus gains through performing deeds without thinking of his own gain is solidified at the end of the play around the event of Brutus’s death. At the beginning of act five, scene five, Brutus tells his servants that he believes his time living has come to an end, and he needs their help to kill him. One after another, Brutus’s servants tell him no. They respond to his request saying, “I’d rather kill myself… That’s not an office for a friend, my lord”
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