Essay on William Shakespeare 's Julius Caesar

886 Words Oct 29th, 2016 4 Pages
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus kills his best friend ostensibly for a greater cause. He is a well-known man, recognized throughout the Roman Empire as an upstanding citizen, who follows a path of rigorous moral and ethical code. With this in perspective, we must wonder why Brutus would the kill the leader of Rome and his best friend. Perhaps the best way to understand the rationale would be by digging deeper into Brutus probable intention for taking the life of Cesar. A leader who is shown not to have unduly abused the powers of his office.
Shakespeare characterizes Brutus as a reputable man who has no faults. Paradoxically, his well-known honor is what causes Cassius to push for his inclusion in the plot. The plotters think that Brutus’ honor is so great that it will act to convince others who are as yet undecided to join. Furthermore, the senators want to use Brutus righteousness as a cover for the plot. For instance, Cinna wants to “…win the noble Brutus to [his] party…,” so that a deviant action will instead look like a valiant deed (JC.1.3.141). This is the power that Brutus’s impeccable reputation has on the Romans. Maybe Brutus also got trapped into his righteousness and not see through the immorality of the plot. The plebeians also have fallen for the false personality of Brutus and say “[t]’were best [Antony] speak[s], no harm of Brutus here,” to show their loyal support of Brutus (JC.3.2.68). They look not to understand that Brutus’s status as a…

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