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In the play Julius Caesar, Shakespeare granted much mercy to Marcus Junius Brutus, but was this how he really identified? Is it apparent that Brutus was really a man that did not want to kill Julius Caesar, and only did it for the good of the people, or did he truly exist as an evil man? Brutus in the play may have been very similar to Brutus in real life. He possessed and great amount of nobility, honorability and a copious amount of pride for his city.
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. While Shakespeare may have highlighted Brutus and let it be known of his greatness, he also hinted at his flaws. When the death of Portia occurred, Brutus stated that he “had the patience to endure it” (IV.iii.198). Marcus Brutus, like his wife, took his own life. He committed this because he was very loyal to Rome. Like a true Roman would do, he refused to return to his city in shackles; this showed that he had a great amount of pride. This scenario, however, could be take in one of two ways. It could be assumed that he was a very loyal man by this act, or it could portray that he was very stubborn and selfish. Shakespeare interpreted this as him being loyal and honora...

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...would not be able to acquire the time needed to mourn. The response he gave also made it known that he was a man that always stayed focused and placed his priorities in the correct order. While he had his wife’s tragic death haunting his thoughts, he knew it was imperative for him to keep his head in the game, and to focus on what needed to be focused on.
Marcus Junius Brutus was a man of his word that the Roman people loved dearly and looked up to. Shakespeare portrayed him accurately; he described him as honorable and noble. Even though Brutus had his faults and made his mistakes, he was somewhat of an authority figure to Rome, and this had been exhibited in the play and in real life. It is true that Marcus Junius Brutus killed Julius Caesar purely for the well being of the Roman people, and he truly did exist as “the most noble roman of them all” (V.v.73).

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  • Analyzes how shakespeare granted much mercy to marcus junius brutus in the play julius caesar, but was this how he identified?
  • Analyzes how shakespeare made brutus seem like he didn't want to harm caesar. gaius cassius longinus went to great measures to get him on his side.
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