Importance Of Noble In Julius Caesar
After the tragic murder of Julius Caesar in the opening of act III, Mark Antony enters and assumes that the conspirators are going to kill him too. Brutus responds, “O Antony, beg not your death of us!/ though now we must appear bloody and cruel,/ as by our hands and this our present act/ you see we do, yet see you but our hands/ and this the bleeding business they have done./ Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful;/ and pity to the general wrong of Rome/ hath done this deed on Caesar” (III.i.183-188). He is explaining to Antony that yes, this scene looks really bad, but our hearts are good. As fire is used to put out the fire, pity is used the same way to put out pity. Brutus is stating that the conspirators hearts were full of pity for Caesar and the wrongs of Rome, so, therefore, they killed him. Brutus restates this to the people of Rome in his speech at Caesar’s funeral. Brutus exclaims, “ If then that friend/ demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my/ answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved/ Rome more...There is tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honor/ for his valor, and death for his ambition” (III. ii. 21-30). Brutus is showing the plebeians that he didn’t turn his back against Caesar because he hated him. Brutus turned against Caesar for the good of Rome. He saw that Rome was in danger due to Caesar’s ambition so he slayed him. Lastly, in the conclusion of the play, Brutus kills himself. During the final battle scene, Brutus asks Dardanus, Clitus, Volumnius, and Strato if they will assist him in committing suicide. Three of the men decline because they believe Brutus is just full of grief and yet they would rather kill themselves than hold the sword that will kill their friend Brutus. The men suggest that they run and leave for it isn’t safe where they are.