We are also able to see the flaws that he embeds. However, Caesar remains a mystery throughout the play as he is slain very early. Caesar enjoys being loved by the people and enjoys holding his status but Brutus wonders how the best power of Rome can be accomplished and turns to assassination and manipulation as it is the only method of removing Caesar. In general, Brutus is moral while Caesar is immoral. The play ends in a tragic way, as most of the main characters are assassinated or chose to die themselves.
Throughout the play, Brutus shows very knowledgeable, perceptive, and noble qualities toward the Roman Democracy. At first glance, Brutus is condemned for murdering his best friend, which is a hard concept to comprehend as being noble, but all that he did, he did for the good of Rome. Furthermore, Antony’s opinion of Brutus changes from pure despite and detestation, to honor, and respect, after he realizes the reasoning that Brutus had “‘Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more./ Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves,/ Than that Caesar were dead and live all free men?’” (III.ii.21-22). This statement is spoken to the crowd, in regards to the assassination of Caesar. Here, Brutus is explaining to the people that he did not kill Caesar for his own personal gain, but for the good of Rome.
He does this to convince the people that they should not be offended by him because he killed Caesar, as he does this with Rome’s best interest at heart. Antony lists “Friends, Romans, countrymen”-(Line 70). Brutus lists “Romans, countrymen, and lovers”-(Line 13); starting with “Romans”-(Line 13) this prevails his fatal flaw of loving Rome too much. This contrast shows that Antony is lowering his self standards ... ... middle of paper ... ... had stabbed him “You all do know his mantle... in this place ran Cassius’ dagger... what a rent the envious Casca made... through this the well-beloved Brutus stabbed.”-(Line 167-173). Finally Antony shows them Caesar’s dead body “Here is himself, marred, as you see, with tailors.”-(Lines 193), then he pulled the cloak and reveals Caesar’s body.
Brutus recognizes that the “enemies have beat [Brutus and the conspirators].. to a pit” and believes it is honorable “to leap in” themselves “than tarry till” the enemies force them (5.5.23-25). Hence, Brutus requests his servant to assist him in committing suicide and finally utters “Caesar, now be still / I kill’d not thee with half so good a will” (5.5.50-51). Brutus’s action exhibits his understanding of the killing of Caesar, and now views it as irreparable. Furthermore, Brutus takes notice of the fights and unending deaths around him all due to his naivety and failure to judge people’s evil side. As a result, Brutus views suicide as the most appropriate “method” to retain his honor and dignity; otherwise, he would have to encounter the Roman citizens’ criticization and would be humiliated for his actions.
The way Shakespeare wrote, it made Brutus seem like he did not want to harm Caesar. Gaius Cassius Longinus went to great measures to get Brutus to be on his side. It was essential to the plot for Cassius to have Brutus on his side because he was an honest and honorable man that many Romans trusted as well as admired. He carried out procedures like leaving letters for Brutus to discover and comparing Brutus to Julius Caesar to make Brutus think he was Caesar’s equal. The anonymous letters he left for Brutus were composed of degrading things about Caesar to make him come across as a very disliked man.
If Brutus was the villain of this play, those thoughts would not have run through his mind. If he killed him for his own selfish greed, he would be rejoicing, not dwelling on the possible negative outcomes. Julius Caeser by William Shakespeare ended with the death of the tragic hero of the play, Marcus Brutus. Brutus proved himself to be the tragic hero of the play by portraying the amazing qualities of honor, civic duty to Rome, and a deep introspective look on the death of Caeser. He performed the selfless act of killing the man who was destined to become ruler and eventually, killed himself.
Well, in Antony’s oration he did what he promised, not to point out who murder Caesar, however he wanted his fellow Romans to bring justice to Caesar and prove that Caesar was not ambitious but noble. Both men uses of rhetoric were superb and alike in a way that both men wanted to gain control over their fellow Romans and accused or defend Caesar’s creditability. However, in Antony’s oration his slight uses of figures of repetition, like the use of antistrophe, figures of address, rhetorical question, and figures of contrast, the use of irony, lead the people to the truth and turn them against Brutus by telling was noble and who was ambitious. Antony’s speech for the people was phenomenal because he first established for what reasons did he came for. He came for his good friend Caesar.
At Caesar’s funeral, Brutus was clearly surpassed, both by Antony's duplicity and oration. B... ... middle of paper ... ...to retaliate Caesar and prompt the mob that the conspirators had killed Caser out of envy. He tried and disproved Brutus’s assumption of Caesar by using explicit instances to disprove Brutus and contrasted with what he had to say. He was able to succeed this speech as he uses immaculate logic and authentically appeals to the emotions to present his masterful eloquence. He provides distinct examples for the crowd to believe whereas what Brutus terms as his reasoning’s are hypothetical situations that do not validate for the murder of Caesar.
One of the many reasons why Brutus is the implicit tragic hero was based on his aristocratic personality. Brutus exemplifies this personality by never once deluding anyone. Albeit, he was the found guilty murderer of his comrade Julius Caesar; he only meant good out of it, benefiting Rome the most. Which was most of what he did, Brutus’ way, benefiting others. As for even Antony in Act V, Scene V
The tragic hero’s downfall is caused because of this tragic flaw. Honor and loyalty are the two tragic flaws that Brutus obtains. His loyalty to the city of Rome is the strongest out of all the characters in the play. However, his honor can be somewhat controlling and he is a perfect example of a person believing something he wants to hear. Brutus joins the conspiracy because he thinks killing Caesar is best for the good of Rome, for he says, “I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general (II, i, 11-12).” This is showing that Brutus is willing to kill his best friend to save Rome because he “thinks” he is becoming a tyrant.