Was Brutus Really That Honorable?

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Brynna Haupt English10H Mr. Bagenstose 25 October 2014 Was Brutus Really That Honorable? In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, one of the most complex characters that is introduced in the play is Marcus Brutus. Brutus is the most complex character in the play because even though he is proud of his reputation for nobleness and honor, he is also often naïve and hypocritical about his actions. When Brutus was killed by Strato in V.v., Antony mentions how Brutus “was a man” and the noblest out of all the Romans. However, Antony’s statement is disagreeable because in some ways, because Brutus (at times) is not noble at all. Antony doesn’t say he was an honorable man, he just calls him a regular man. If Antony just calls him just a man, then that could mean he was referring to all of mankind. Humans, like everyone else, make mistakes and are not perfect. Brutus fits perfectly into that description because he has made a ton of mistakes that reflect on the book’s outcome and history. The first thing that proves Brutus is just an ordinary man, and not honorable or noble, is when he dishonors his wife, Portia. Portia notices how Brutus hasn’t been acting himself lately in II.i.; by sneaking out of bed, pacing back and forth at the dinners table, responding to her rudely when she asks what’s the matter, etc. Brutus’s first mistake is when he lies and tells Portia he is not feeling well. Portia, who clearly isn’t stupid, doesn’t fall for it at all. She asks why Brutus refuses
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