Characterzation Of Marcus Brutus Essay

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William Shakespeare is a master of characterization. Seldom are his characters one-dimensional personalities. In his play Julius Caesar, the character of Brutus is very complex with many different personality traits. These traits explain why Brutus makes certain decisions including the one to kill his friend Julius Caesar.

Marcus Brutus was a senator who was well respected by everyone in Rome. His friendship with the high ranked Julius Caesar only added to the people's respect for him. An example of the amount of respect people have for Brutus is when Cinna, Casca, and Cassius talk about how important it is to have Brutus involved in their plot to kill Caesar. They talk about how Brutus "sits high in the peoples hearts" (Act 1,
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Brutus was also a very stoic character. Stoicism is a philosophical belief created by the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno. Basically, you don’t let the bad things in life bring you down by keeping a cold, unemotional outlook on life. An example of Brutus following the stoic belief is when he hears the news of his wife's death. He describes the cause of Portia's death as, "Impatience of my absence" (Act 4, Scene 3). His calmness when speaking about his wife's death frightens even Cassius. He is even more surprised when Brutus acts like nothing ever happened once Titinius and Messala arrive. The fact that he sheds no tears for his dead wife shows to what an extent he believes in stoicism. Another example of Brutus demonstrating his stoicism is when he comes upon the dead bodies of Cassius and Titinius who have both committed suicide. Brutus says that he "owes more tears to this dead man than you shall see me pay." (Act 5, Scene 3) Even though some of Brutus's feelings are breaking through his usual stoic attitude he still shows little emotion towards his friends death. Instead of mourning he immediately begins to plan a new attack. It is obvious that Brutus feels that following stoicism would allow him to maintain his status among the people and become more successful in life.

Throughout the play Brutus feels that he is a very honorable person. When he is faced with the choice of joining the conspiracy Brutus asks himself

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