Importance Of Noble In Julius Caesar

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The Latin word “noble” is defined as “having, showing, or coming from personal qualities that people admire such as honesty, generosity, courage...etc”(Webster 's Dictionary). In the 1800’s the word, “noble” was used in many books, speeches and other works of writing. Over time, the adjective “noble” is being used less and less in literature. Noble is commonly used to describe someone with high morals and great character. In the last lines of the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the character Mark Antony concludes about Brutus, “This was the noblest Roman of them all” (V.v. 74-81). Antony says this because Brutus was the only conspirator who acted for the good of Rome. Therefore, because Brutus acted for the sake of Rome rather than envy …show more content…
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.

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