A People’s History of Ancient Rome and political scientist, Michael Parenti, stated that Caesar’s assassination “marked a turning point in the history of Rome. It set in motion a civil war and put an end to whatever democracy there had been” (Parenti 2). Caesar’s assassination harmed Rome and did not help their political situation at all. It confused and infuriated the working class because they had lost their beloved king to greedy senators without a real explanation. In Meller and McGee’s book they state that instead of supporting the conspiracy, the “assassination did help Caesar’s reputation” (Meller and McGee 78).
Brutus 's speech: Brutus speaks to the people of rome why he killed caesar so they will not turn on him. He talked about how he didnt kill him because he didn 't love him but because it was for the better of rome. He also tells the people of rome that letting caesar become king would mean the government type would change and all the wars and hard work his family had put into the government would go away. He also states, for the welfare of rome that he would die for rome if rome demands his death Rhetorical devices: Brutus used questions, logos, parallelism, and pathos to stir the people of rhome. Question- “ who is so base, that would not be a roman”?- this makes his argument better because it get the people of rome to think.
This quote, from Brutus, means that his own thoughts and conflicts overwhelm him. In addition, his thoughts and conflicts refer to his idea that if Caesar becomes king, that he will end up harming or endangering Rome. Brutus believes killing Caesar, results to the only solution to help and protect Rome, which relates back to his conflict. Overall, Brutus’ internal conflict involves deciding to kill Caesar, or not, because he does not necessarily want to kill Caesar, but sees it as the only way to protect Rome and its people. His love for Rome and the Roman people proves greater than his love for Caesar, who he somewhat looks to as a friend.
In Act 3 Scene 2 Brutus said during his speech, “If that friend then demands to know why Brutus turned against Caesar, this is my answer: Not because I cared for Caesar less, but because I cared for Rome more”. Brutus had courage to kill Caesar, not because he wanted to, but for the good of Rome and its people. During the entirety of the story, Brutus
He made the people of Rome feel bad for him, and they saw him as a good man who was loyal to Caesar. Brutus only had one thing going for him, which was he had helped to kill Caesar so that he could help Rome. The people of Rome of course, saw Brutus as the bad guy in this situation and did not believe he was loyal to Caesar. Although Antony uses tactics in his speech to make Brutus look like criminal for just marveling Caesar’s death. In my opinion I believe that Antony’s speech was more persuasive and believable than Brutus’.He made the crowd feel connected to Caesar and he caught the eye of the Roman people.
Marc Antony loves Caesar and was sincerely hurt when Brutus, a respected man to whom was close to Caesar, played a role in the assassination. Brutus was abl persuade the crowd , the people of Rome, in believing that Caesar deserved to die as he was ambitious and that his death was for the better of Rome. Through the speech Marc Antony disproves Brutus as when presented with the crown “ thrice did he refuse”(III.ii.99). Thus he asks if this is the crowds view of an honorable man which he refers to Brutus, with a tone of sarcasm, and in addition this makes the crowd question their own opinion. The need to avenge Caesar 's death gave Antony a motivation but he also used emotion to win the trust of the Romans.
Brutus thinks that the people will join his side when he kills caesar, but what if the people think he is a murderer. Second, Brutus is fighting for what he thinks is “right”, but the people of Rome may not think that is the “right” thing to do and the people turn on him. All of this could ruin Brutus’s reputation and could possibly get him killed. Even if he does get away with it his peers and the people of Rome may think he wants to be king and not Caesar since he does look like he is leading the conspiracy. Brutus’s reputation and the way he is looked at may change in a negative way in many people's eyes.
The people of Rome along with the conspirators convinced him to kill his former friend, Caesar. His last words before killing Caesar were “not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (III.II.19-24) This shows that he cared more about the society and people of Rome, than his friend. It also shows how they could influence him to turn against his friend. He believed that what he was
Brutus then says, “I would not, Cassius. Yet I love him well” (Page 7, line 87). This then inspires the new plan on killing Caesar. Despite Brutus’ confliction, he decides it is what is best for Rome. There are more disadvantages than advantages in this act, because the conspirators had gone against the minds and beliefs of all of Rome.
Have you ever been stabbed in the back by one of your friends? Julius Caesar understands how you feel. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Brutus was a man known for his honor, and was a friend of Caesar; but he thought that he was too ambitious for his own good so he, Cassius and a group of members of the Roman senate all conspired to kill him. Brutus believed that killing Caesar was best for Rome's future. Unfortunately, instead of going to Caesar and discussing their concerns with him; they decide to end his life.
Caesar is killed by conspirators who wanted freedom, liberty, and democracy. Though Caesar had ruled well, he wanted to be crowned and was ambitious. Caesar was killed because he was the one whose “abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power” (2.1.18, 19). But Brutus thought that “when he once attains the upmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back” (2.1.24, 25). But Caesar loved the Romans according to what Antony spoke about Caesar 's death, “when that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept” (3.2.89).
Brutus was a great and close friend of Julius Caesar, but Cassius took advantage of Brutus because he was jealous of Julius. Brutus was a patriot and just wanted to do the right thing for Rome and make sure Julius was not going to become king. Brutus was a truthful man and wanted to know what the people thought about Julius. So Cassius tried to bribe Brutus with fake letters from the people, and decided he would team with the other senators and kill Julius Caesar for the good of Rome. For example, in his speech at Julius 's funeral he said "Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more."
However some may postulate that Brutus was a noble man in killing Caesar and “saving” Rome. After all Caesar was becoming an overeager tyrant that wanted to take over Rome. Brutus was benevolent in saving the republic rather than let a ruthless tyrant rule Rome. This argument fails to consider that Caesar “hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.”(5.1.87-88) Caesar sympathized with the poor: “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept” (3.2.88). Caesar had even bestowed a sum of money from his personal holdings upon every man in Rome.
The conspirators long thought out plan came to end when Antony started an uproar. He starts to say that he is only there to bury him not praise him, but I think we all know he had other motives. The conspirators reasons for killing Caesar were because he was too ambitious. If you barely knew Caesar you would think this is true. However a very dear friend of Caesar points out some very valid reasons as to why this accusation is false.