Anthony, Cassius and Ceasar are Not Noble

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Anthony, Cassius and Ceasar are Not Noble Throughout the play "Julius Caesar" it could be argued that many characters show signs of being noble. Brutus however, the dramatic focus of the play is described by Anthony as "the noblest roman of them all." Why does Anthony say this and is this true? From Act 1 scenes 2 and 3 we learn most about the character of Brutus "I love… the name of honour more than I fear death." Cassius then responds with "I know that virtue to be in you Brutus" this emphasises to the reader from the start that Brutus is perceived to be honourable. Brutus is portrayed as a man who is widely respected in society with a social conscience. From the start of the play we see Brutus set aside from the rest of the conspirators, he is at an objective viewer unlike the other conspirators like Cassius who is motivated by envy, revenge and self interest. " And Cassius is a wretched creature, and must bend his body if Caesar carelessly but nod on him". It was because Brutus was so loved throughout Rome that he was vital to the plot to kill Caesar "Win the Noble Brutus to our Party" Brutus was manipulated and he joined the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar after much careful thought and manipulative flattery by Cassius. " I know the virtue in you Brutus as well as I do your outward favour". It was easy for Cassius to manipulate Brutus because Brutus had so much trust in everyone. This could be perceived as a flaw in Brutus's personality but it does not detract from his nobility. Although Brutus allowed himself to be drawn into the plot to kill Caesar he did so because of his love for Rome. He believed in the ... ... middle of paper ... ...acteristics I believe that he became the tragic hero of the play. I think Anthony summed up Brutus well at the end "This was the noblest roman of all. All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He only in general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elements So mixed in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, "this was a man." In conclusion I do believe that Brutus was the noblest Roman of them all I think the servant speaking in act 3 scene 1 described Brutus perfectly "Brutus is noble, wise, valiant and honest." However although he was noble and had the very best of intentions he was ultimately naïve and too trusting. His realism overcame his reason and he paid the price for it.
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