Julius Caesar Essay: The Character of Brutus

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The Character of Brutus in Julius Caesar “Et tu Brute?” Caesar’s simple statement sums up Brutus’ round character in the development of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Brutus was thought to represent no threat due to his nobility and his loyalty; however, these qualities are precisely why the story is such a catastrophe. What stemmed from these traits is the last expected outcome. Caesar’s surprise was so immense, he could only mutter these last few words. Brutus’ honorable nobility, his loyal patriotism, and his naïve and idealistic manner define Shakespeare’s tragic hero. Honor is an underlying foundation of Brutus and can be clearly seen during the play’s dramatic speeches. Brutus himself makes his honor…show more content…
Brutus’ honor is so strong and visible even his enemies witnessed his astonishing nobility. Antony knows Brutus would only do such an act with true vindication, although the other conspirators, while still noble, would not hold true to the high standard Brutus’ created. Brutus’ nobility was clarified with his speeches and made easily seen due to others awareness of this strong support of his character. Also unmistakably obvious is Brutus’ loyal patriotism to his country. Brutus knows his own loyalty and values it above almost anything. Brutus illustrates his great patriotism by comparing it with death, “If it aught toward the general good, Set honor in one eye and death i’th’ other…as I love the name of honor more than I fear death”(act I, sc ii, ln 85,86,89). Brutus values Rome above anything else and would be willing to give his life for the “general good.” Brutus claims he will be loyal to the end, due to his great love for Rome. Likewise, Brutus’ patriotism covers every aspect of society. Brutus discusses the killing of Caesar with his fellow conspirators and claims Caesar’s “death is a benefit”and also says they now should cry “Peace, freedom, and liberty!"(act III, sc i, ln 103,110). Brutus wishes to celebrate all of Rome’s triumphs and is especially
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