Marcus Brutus’ Conflict Between Passion and Responsibility

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A Paper On Brutus’ Conflict Between
Passion and Responsibility

Throughout the play “Julius Caesar,” by William Shakespeare, Brutus is torn between passion and responsibility. There are three very good examples of this, the first being, obviously, Brutus’ mental conflict dealing with the conspiracy surrounding Caesar’s assassination. Less obvious number two, the conflict between himself and Cassius, dealing with Cassius less than noble hoarding of money. And last of all third, Brutus’ argument with the rest of the conspirators to let Antony live.
The conflicts brought about in “Julius Caesar” are incredibly complex. To understand even the very basic conflict between Brutus and his thoughts surrounding Caesar’s death takes a small amount of background knowledge. Know that Brutus and Caesar have been friends for a long time before this play takes place. And Brutus has a great loyalty to his mother country, Rome. The last piece of information you need to work out this whole mess, is that Brutus, with good reason, thinks that Caesar will hurt Rome if he becomes its dictator. And unless someone kills him, Caesar will become dictator. With that information, you must realize the problem presented before Brutus. Be responsible, towards the people of Rome, and assassinate Caesar, or be passionate, in accordance to his friendship with the monarch, and choose not to kill Julius. In the same way that Brutus’ responsible mind make’s him kill Caesar, Brutus’ mind make’s him argue with Cassius, because of Cassius’ immorality. He chooses to argue with Cassius, instead of ignoring the situation, because the responsibility of keeping people moral outweighs the passion of keeping good relations with Cassius. In the third example of Brutus’ conflict, he again chooses responsibility over passion. Brutus acts responsible by telling the other conspirators that Antony will have no power when Caesar’s dead. Brutus does not take the passionate road. The road that leads to the murder of Antony, because if it is good for Rome to have Caesar killer, then killing Antony and Caesar will be twice as good for Rome.
There are some very obvious effects that this conflict has with Brutus’ life. Of course this conflict makes him part of the conspiracy, because that’s what this whole controversy is all about. This conflict also ultimately ended Brutus’ life. As for the other obvious effects there aren’t any. Look deeper and one might find that underlying motif in this work is that men are generally devious, scheming, and backstabbing.
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