Loyalty and honor are the only tragic flaws that Brutus has but these are the reason that he has killed Caesar. Brutus had said that he had killed Caesar for the good of Rome and that his ancestors would have wanted this. Which is true that his ancestors had said that if any man were to claim themselves the king of Rome to kill them, but Caesar had never claimed himself king. The conspirators had only assumed that. So in reality by killing Caesar it wasn’t displaying loyalty and honor it was really showing stupidity.
In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus faces an internal conflict involving his best friend Caesar becoming the ruler of Rome. Brutus must decide whether to let Caesar live, knowing he would be a bad ruler for Rome, or whether he should kill him for the good of the people. Based on Brutus’ knowledge, his decision to kill Caesar was justified with reason, being innocently misled and manipulated, and the intention of doing what was best for the general good of Rome. Julius Caesar was murdered before being crowned the ruler of Rome due to fear that his personality and many of his characteristics would lead to his rule being one similar to a dictatorship. Many of these characteristics that caused Caesar to be murdered also develop him as the tragic hero of the play.
Caesar had been betrayed by Brutus when he murdered him; while Caesar had trusted him and thought him as his right hand man. “It must be by his death, and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crowned. How that might change his nature, there’s the question” (Shakespeare 847). Brutus feels he needed to kill Caesar because he believes that Caesar wouldn’t be a rightful ruler for Rome.
Brutus and his friends feared for the future of Rome if Julius Caesar continued to be its leader, causing them to conspire his murder with the intent to properly reinstate the Roman government. This betrayal towards his friend can be seen as a reflection of bad character, but is his sacrificing his own moral value and choosing to live with guilt
1. 82-83). This shows that he didn’t kill Caesar for personal gain, but to put an end to Caesar’s excessive ambition and to ensure he wouldn’t become a dictator. While arguing with Cassius, he points out that he killed Caesar for justice and not for personal gain. He said, “Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake?/ What villain touched his body, that did stab,/ And not for justice?” (4.
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 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. Cassius is the main reason as to why Brutus believes this and that is because Cassius tricked him into joining the conspiracy. By saying, “Give me your hands all over (II, i, 112),” Brutus joins the conspiracy thinking everyone wants to kill Caesar for the good of Rome, when they are really doing it for power. This is a prime example of Brutus’s loyalty being taken advantage of. Having been tricked, his wife dying, and his death, Brutus had the biggest downfall of all the characters in the play.
Even his enemies, Antony and Octavius, recognize this after his suicide. Over his dead body, Antony declares that “this was the noblest Roman of them all” and he killed Caesar only for the “common good” therefore Octavius rests declaring Brutus is deserving to the “rites of burial” so that his spirit shall be treated with “respect” (5.5.74-82). Brutus was so heroic even his enemies recognized it with his death because he was tragically manipulated by Cassius. He was a hero that fell out of favor yet never lost his morals and feeling of duty to the people. Because of this, his spirit will live on.
All of his actions was made to benefit someone else and not himself. He had murdered Caesar for the good of Rome and not to deceive Caesar. Even Caesar’s best friend, Mark Anthony, acknowledged that Brutus was still “the noblest Roman of them all” after the assassination of Caesar. In the play, Brutus expressed his true intentions by stating, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” He had to face a tragic dilemma with one of the option being to take no action against Caesar. Although he knew the consequences he would have to face, he went with the second option because he wanted to help the
For if he wasn?t, then Brutus betrayed a man he loved in vain. He held that he was saving Rome form a tyrant when he plunged the knife into Caesar?s back, literally. It must be by his death: and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crown'd: How that might change his nature, there's the question. ???????????????..