Manipulation In Julius Caesar

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Jenna Kellermeyer
English Honors 9
October 2nd, 2017

Character Analysis: Marcus Junius Brutus

William Shakespeare evokes manipulation within the accounts of each Roman citizen with the clever presentation of Brutus, characterized as the most complex character in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Brutus draws the theme “exploit for the greater good”. This theme develops alongside Brutus himself, furthering the concept of how manipulation can be beneficial when shed in the correct light. Shakespeare has a keen eye for producing effective characters, proven by his broadening of Marcus Junius Brutus in his 1623 play “ Julius Caesar”. Brutus is a strong example of how in order to accomplish the most, it is reasonable to manipulate. This is an important thought when considering how Brutus not only fluctuates the entirety of Rome, but also each of his peer conspirators. Very clearly, Brutus begins to have doubts about Caesars ability to lead Rome. Brutus illustrates the theme in the quote “What means this shouting? I do fear the people do choose Caesar for their king…yet I love him well.”(act 1, scene 2, ll.85-89). Brutus’s relationship with Caesar notably holds the same reasoning as the theme “exploit for the greater good”. As seen in the previously stated quote, Brutus has conflicting feelings on Caesar’s political placement. This marks the development of the theme within Brutus and his relationship to Rome.
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