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Brutus was a very important character in the play
Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare. He helped plan
a plot against one of the most powerful people in Rome and
killed the king to be. Brutus was well renowned for his deep
thinking, his honor, and most importantly, his belief in
Brutus’s stoic qualities played a major role in his
character. He trusted his wife Portia very much. In fact, he
trusted her so much that he was even going to tell her about
the plot against Caesar.
“You are my true and honorable wife,
As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart”
( II, i, 289-290)
She cared very much for him. She was willing to slice her
thigh open just to prove her loyalty and trustworthiness to
her noble husband. He also cared very deeply about his wife
and he loved her very dearly.
“O ye gods,
render me worthy of this noble wife!”
( II, i, 303-304)
Because of his profound stoicism, Brutus did not seem to
show his graditude much when Portia killed her self. He
simply drank wine to get ride of the pain and told Cassius
to never speak of his wife again.
“Lucius a bowl of wine!
I did not think you could have been so angry,
O Cassius, I am sick of many griefs.
Of your philosophy you make no use
If you give place to accidental evils.
No man bears sorrow better. Portia is dead.
She is dead.
How ‘scaped I killing when I crossed you so?
Oh, insupportable and touching loss!
Upon what sickness?
Impatient of my absence,
And grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony
Have made themselves so strong for with her death
That tidings came with this she fell distract,
And, her attendants absent, swallowed fire.
And died so?
O ye immortal gods!
Speak no more of her. Give me a bowl of wine.
In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.”
( IV, iii, 141-158)
The people of Rome respected Brutus greatly. The
conspirators thought very highly of him and wanted him to be
part of their scheme against Julius Caesar. If they could
get Brutus to join in on the plan the people might think it
was all right that they killed the great Caesar.
“ O Cassius, if you could
But win the noble Brutus to our party”
( I, iii, 140-141)
The people respected Brutus. They thought he
was a very wise and noble man. They believed anything he
would tell them.
“Oh, he sits high in all the people’s hearts,
And that which would appear offense in us
His countenance, like richest alchemy,
Will change to virtue and to worthiness.”
( I, iii, 157-160)
Brutus was a very deep thinker who always put others
first. He killed Caesar for the good of Rome. He believed
Caesar was like a serpents egg and that an egg is not so
dangerous when it is still an egg but when it hatches it can
grow up to be a fierce dragon.
“What means this shouting? I do fear the people
Choose Caesar for their king.
Aye, do you fear it?
Then must I think you would not have it so.
I would not, Cassius, yet I love him well.
But wherefore do you hold me here so long?
What is it that you would impart to me?
If it be ought toward the general good,
Set honor in one eye and death i’ the other,
And I will look on both indifferently;
For let the gods so speed me as I love
The name of honor more than I fear death
I know that virtue to be true in you, Brutus,....”
( I, ii, 79-90)
Brutus had thought very deeply about joining the conspiracy.
He had stayed up all night brooding about it. He feared that
Caesar was gaining too much power and that soon Caesar would
become king. If Caesar became king Brutus’s dreams of Rome’s
Democracy would be shattered.
In conclusion Brutus was a very well respected man in
Rome. He helped restore Rome to its original Democratic
system. He ended up killing himself at the end of the play
because of all the pressure. He had said at the end when he
killed himself that
“....Caesar, now be still.
I killed not thee with half so good a will.”
( V, v, 50-51)
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Ancient Rome, 1st millennium BC, Cultural depictions of Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Julio-Claudian dynasty, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Mark Antony, Brutus, Augustus, Porcia Catonis
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