The Character of Marcus Brutus in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

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The Character of Brutus in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Brutus was first and foremost an honorable man, putting the safety of Rome above everything else. His three most noticeable characteristics were his honor, his naivete, and his stoicism. However, his honor, honesty, and trustfulness eventually became the things that killed him.

First of all, Brutus is a stoic. He and his wife Portia are both very stoic, and they don't show emotions towards things. The most striking instance of Brutus' stoicism is when Portia commits suicide. Cassius is having a hard time accepting Portia's death, but Brutus just shrugs it off. He immediately says to Cassius "Speak no more of her. Give me a bowl of wine" (V. iii. 157-158). Another
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ii. 85-89). Upon Brutus' death, Marc Antony called Brutus the "noblest Roman of them all" (V. v. 68-75). He said all the conspirators except Brutus killed Caesar out of envy. Even when committing a crime so severe as murder, Brutus suggested to the conspirators that they should "carve him (Caesar) as a dish for the gods" (II. i. 172-173). Brutus' loyalty for Rome is demonstrated when he says about Caeasr, "I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general" (II. i. 21-22). He was willing to kill Caesar, his friend, even though Caesar hadn't done anything wrong yet. Finally, Brutus was honorable in death. Outmatched in battle, Brutus decides to die nobly by his own sword rather than be captured and humiliated.

Brutus' weakness was that he was too naive, too idealistic. He thought everybody would be as honorable as he. Examples are when he decided not to have the conspirators take an oath, and trusting Marc Antony to not support Caesar in his eulogy. He decided not to kill Marc Antony because he thought Antony would be helpless without Caesar. It turns out Antony would be a major factor in Brutus' death. Antony's speech would be the very thing sway the public and force Brutus to flee. Unlike what Brutus had thought, Antony stayed loyal to Caesar and not to the conspirators like he said he would. Finally, Brutus' decision

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