Why Is Brutus A Good Hero In Julius Caesar

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A Tale Of Loyalty, Not Tragedy “Not that I loved Caesar less/but that I loved Rome more” (3.2.23-24). The play, Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare tells the story about a group of senators that conspire to assassinate Rome’s beloved leader, Julius Caesar. Caesar’s closest friend, Marcus Brutus, joins the senators and leads them as they get ready to attack. Brutus makes an excellent and effective leader because of his great leadership qualities such as patriotism, truthfulness, compassion and nobility. Although some believe that Brutus conspires against Caesar out of jealousy, Brutus actually plots against Caesar for the good of Rome. To demonstrate, when Brutus justifies his motives for the conspiracy, Brutus claims, “Not that I loved…show more content…
For example, when Brutus grants Antony permission to speak at Caesar’s funeral, he states, “You shall not… blame us/… and say you do’t by our permission” (3.1.270-272). Despite warnings from the astute Cassius, Brutus naively allows Antony to speak at the funeral. Antony abides by Brutus’ instructions to not “blame” the senators but with his eloquence, Antony manages to refute Brutus’ own speech. Trusting Antony led to Brutus’ eventual downfall. While it is true that Brutus is naive, nevertheless, he still leads truthfully and logically. Throughout the play, Brutus has never once lied about his intentions. With every action that he makes, Brutus provides a reasoning or an explanation for it. To illustrate, Brutus provides an explanation for Caesar’s assassination at his funeral, “There are tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honor/for his valor, and death for his ambition” (3.2.29-30). Brutus appeals to logos by demonstrating that there are different outcomes for the different things Caesar does. If Caesar is fortunate, there is “joy” so it would make sense that Caesar should receive “death for his ambition”. The word naive means to lack in wisdom yet with his articulate ways, Brutus convinces the plebeians that killing Caesar is a good decision in his judgement. He makes the fellow Romans forget about his potential lack of visibility by leading honestly and logically. Brutus is able to lead…show more content…
For example, when he addresses the crowd in his funeral speech, Brutus states, “Believe me/for mine honor and have respect to mine honor/that you may believe” (3.2.15-17). Brutus appeals to ethos and establishes his credibility by repeating “honor”. The public now believes that he does indeed have “honor”. He also convinces the public that he is trustworthy by appealing to ethos. Similarly after Brutus’ death Antony states, “This was the noblest Roman…/All of the conspirators, save only he/did that they did in envy of great Caesar” (5.5.74-76). Antony is the enemy of Brutus and yet he still refers to Brutus as the “noblest Roman”, which verifies that Brutus is actually honorable. Antony is stating that while all the other senators kill Caesar out of “envy”, Brutus’ intentions to kill Caesar was for the good of Rome and its citizens. This reveals that Brutus has no other hidden agenda for wanting to execute Caesar, and therefore Brutus has the most purest intentions out of all the other conspirators. This confirms that he is the most noble Roman because he is not thinking about what he wants. Instead, he is thinking about the people and how they would feel if Caesar becomes a dictator. Brutus possesses nobility and honor. Those two qualities are vital to being an effective leader because the people can then
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