Justification of Brutus’ Betrayal of William Shakespeare´s Julius Caesar

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In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar, the character of Marcus Brutus is tasked with making a difficult choice: either kill one of his most beloved friends, or risk the corruption and downfall of Rome. Though Brutus acknowledges the ethical and moral concerns of his actions, he commits to the conspiracy against Caesar, and carries it out with conviction. The question, however, is whether or not Brutus’ actions are justifiable from an objective point of view. Unlike most other political assassinations, Brutus isn’t a hysterical stranger distraught with the target, but a close ally, and trusted friend. Brutus justifies his own doings by convincing himself and others that they’re sacrificing, not murder Caesar, and acting not out …show more content…
In William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar, the character of Marcus Brutus is tasked with making a difficult choice: either kill one of his most beloved friends, or risk the corruption and downfall of Rome. Though Brutus acknowledges the ethical and moral concerns of his actions, he commits to the conspiracy against Caesar, and carries it out with conviction. The question, however, is whether or not Brutus’ actions are justifiable from an objective point of view. Unlike most other political assassinations, Brutus isn’t a hysterical stranger distraught with the target, but a close ally, and trusted friend. Brutus justifies his own doings by convincing himself and others that they’re sacrificing, not murder Caesar, and acting not out of greed or personal gain, but to prevent what he truly believes to be a legitimate and potent threat to the Republic in Julius Caesar’s rising power; however, while this may be a coping mechanism to quash his own culpability, there are numerous feasibly supportive reasons that make Caesar’s death defensible. The primary reason for the necessity of Caesar’s death is the very real possibility that he would become corrupt once his power is no longer suppressible by the senate. This is Brutus’ main concern, as he seeks to ensure the freedom and safety of the Roman people, as well as the integrity of the Republic. Additionally, the combination of Caesar’s ego and ever-growing aspirations are threatening to Rome, as the socio-political

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