Essay on William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar

1147 Words Feb 25th, 2016 5 Pages
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 of Caesar, he is noble. William Shakespeare uses the indirect characterization of Brutus’s thoughts and physical actions in order to express that Brutus is the noblest Roman of them all.
In Julius Caesar, the character of Brutus shows incredible nobility to Rome through his deep thoughts. In the opening of Act II, Brutus is portrayed alone in his orchard pondering what to do about Caesar regarding the anonymous letter that was just sent to his house. Brutus says to himself, “My ancestors did from the streets of Rome/ the Tarquin drive when he was called a king./ ‘Speak, strike, redress!’ am I entreated/ to speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,/ if the redress will follow, thou receivest/ thy full petition at the hand of Brutus”…

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