Why Is Brutus A Villain

analytical Essay
1081 words
1081 words

The question regarding Brutus is not whether he is good or bad, but rather whether he is a hero or a villain. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar depicts the tragic death of Julius Caesar, and Brutus, the main conspirator against Caesar, is viewed by most readers of the play as a tragic hero. However, I perceive him more as a villain. Whether Brutus is an honorable man or a mistaken one is another question that can be raised. Analyzing Brutus's logic, actions, and intentions can assist the reader in determining their stance. In my opinion, Brutus is a villain. The line that distinguishes a person as either a hero or a villain, or even a good or bad person, is unclear, making the play unique. As a reader, you must determine it for yourself. Since I believe he is a villain, I must have clear reasons to support my claim: he killed a man. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Brutus claimed that Caesar's flaw was his ambition, and he also stated that his ambition would be the downfall of Rome. Brutus conveyed this by telling the people, "As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him" (Julius Caesar Act 3 Scene 2 Shakespeare). Even though Brutus killed him because he believed it was right for his country, he still killed him before he had a chance to lead.
If he had given Caesar a chance first, he would be a hero. If his morals had not been manipulated by another person, he would be a hero. There is controversy about whether Brutus is a hero or villain. The question about which one he is makes you think. Even though he was a good man, the small details made the "villain" side of him surface more than the "hero" side. Is Brutus a mistaken or dishonorable man? This is also up for the reader's interpretation. In my opinion, he is mistaken.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the question about brutus isn't whether he's good or bad, but a hero or villain in shakespeare’s julius caesar.
  • Opines that brutus is a villain, since the fine line between hero and villain is unclear.
  • Analyzes how brutus killed caesar for his country, but for something bigger than himself. if it weren't for the act of murder, he would most definitely be a hero.
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