Critically comment about Brutus failure to keep a balance between morality or love and honor or values. Support your answer with textual evidence and critical point of view. The play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare sets the stage for an honorable man named Marcus Brutus. His honor is characterized by several traits and actions present throughout the play. Brutus’ love to Rome proves honor by the things he sacrifices for the better of his people and country. His death resulting from guilt and the feeling of having to be with Caesar shows his modesty. In fact, his people, friends, and even enemies also perceive
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Awake and see thyself’ (Act II Sc. i). To this point, Brutus believes about the letter to be from Roman citizens, though it was from the conspirators. Thus, he ignores his love for his friend and serves more love and honor towards his Rome. Although, in account to Knight, Brutus has many things with secondary affections but he loves primarily nothing but honor, due to which he was ‘with himself in at war’ (Act I Sc. ii); in him
… the state of man,
Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection. (Act II Sc. i) Furthermore, The relationship of Brutus with his wife, Portia, is such that they have mutual respect and love for each other, but their similar characteristics of honor undermines their relationship. Brutus says: You are my true and honorable wife, As dear to me as are the ruddy drops That visit my said heart. (Act II Sc. i) This means, although, Brutus have feelings for Portia but still he neglects his private feelings and loyalties in favor for the public good. Therefore, he deny his love towards Portia only for his honor.
In addition, Brutus’ speech given in Caesar’s funeral also exposes the twofold of love and honor. Hence, before and after the Caesar’s death, we finds