Throughout the story, Brutus was one of the few characters that understood the way power could change a man. He feared that Caesar would become a tyrant with all his new power and that Rome would suffer from his rule. He states this multiple times in the story. During Caesar’s funeral, Brutus states “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” (JC 3.2.23). It is clear to see here that Brutus was justified in killing Caesar because his intentions are good.
In Julius Caesar, the noblest person throughout the entire play seems to be Brutus. He, by Antony, is called "an honorable man", because most honorable and honest people tend to think that other people live by the same standards as they do. Brutus trusts Cassius and lets himself be convinced that Caesar must die to preserve everything that goes along with the democratic rule in Rome. To him, killing someone he calls a friend is seen as a sad, but necessary sacrifice for the people. Brutus can be seen as someone who brings about the peace that is needed within the Roman Empire when the people start to realize that Julius is going to destroy the empire if he isn't stopped or at least killed.
Brutus spoke of Caesar as his friend who was too ambitious for his own good, while Antony questioned Brutus' words and made everyone else consider his words too. Brutus explains "As Caesar loved me, I weep for him." Brutus still considered Caesar a friend and is distraught by his death. But he also knew Caesar was too powerful for his own good and could only be stopped by one way. In Antony's speech, he exclaims "He was my friend, faithful and just to me."
While some may argue that Brutus embodies these qualities, Brutus allowed flattery and ambition to corrupt his ideas. “Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that ‘Caesar’? Why should that name be sounded more than yours?” (1.2.140). Brutus allowed Cassius to talk him into killing Caesar, and believed that he should be loved and supported as much as Caesar. Brutus knew that with Caesar out of the way, he would become the people's
Julius Caesar would of made a great leader for Rome and showed loyalty and gave to his country in his will . The other two characters that were mentioned Cassius, and Brutus have shown multiple reasons not to be trusted or strong . Cassius being very weak but still reached his goal. Brutus being strong but did not reach his goal. “Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times.” Caesar was a noble leader and would of perfectly taken care of rome and the people of
Just take a moment, my good men and think about this. Why would he commit such an act that, as you know, would run the risk of the honor of him and his family being stripped from him, his family's lives threatened, the name of Brutus to go down in history with shame, if there was not such an honorable, necessary and worthy cause? Brutus's heart truly lies with the people of Rome. He is merciful, intelligent, perceptive and willing to do what's right, all of which are vital traits for one who is to replace the great Caesar and bring righteousness and honor back to this great nation. Even the great Caesar recognized Brutus’s greatness as he held Caesar in unimaginable high regards.
One example that helps lead up to Brutus’s betrayal of Caesar in the play is “ Why are they shouting? “I’m afraid the people have made Caesar their king (Brutus)… I have to assume you don’t want him to be king.(Cassius)... I don’t, Cassius, though I love Caesar very much… If it’s for the good of all Romans, I’d do it even if it meant my death. Brutus(1.2.85-89. ).” This quote shows that Brutus is considering betraying his best friend.
Although Octavian had absolute power and was considered popular by the people, he would at all costs avoid being called a monarch. This could be due to him knowing about how Julius Caesar was murdered for being considered a tyrant and accepting such titles. Suetonius reveals, “… ‘O Just and generous Lord!’, whereupon the entire audience rose to their feet and applauded, as if the phrase referred to Augustus. An angry look and a peremptory gesture soon quelled this gross flattery.” In public, Octavian would condemn anyone who called him a monarch which shows that he did care about what the public thought of him compared to Julius Caesar. Octavian avoided such titles since he already had the power of an emperor and knew that there was a stigma towards the term monarch.
He came to the conclusion that killing Caesar was the right thing to do, not just for himself but for the public’s greater good. His reasoning is because he believes that if Caesar is ruler, than everyone would become slaves to him. Brutus says in Act V, “I found no man but he was true to me. I shall have glory by this losing day more than Octavius and Mark Antony by this vile conquest shall attain unto.” Brutus calls his own time of death because he sees Octavius and Antony’s victory as Rome’s freedom being stripped. Brutus accepts his death with honor because he believes killing himself rather than his enemies killing him is honorable/loyal.
Your friend or your country, this decision is burdensome and a choice that Brutus needed to make. In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, readers are confused about Brutus being a patriot or a traitor. Brutus most certainly is a patriot considering even Antony said that he truly had good intentions. Although this may be true, some people view Brutus as a traitor due to him killing Caesar, claiming he was ambitious and Antony easily disproved this. Contrary of what some people think, Brutus is a patriot because he killed Caesar to free Rome from his rule, Antony even stated that he did not act out of jealousy and was noble.
Yes he betrays his closest friend and mentor in the worst possible way. Even though Cassius and Brutus is to blame for Caesar death he is willing to sacfrice his own friend to keep order in Rome. Brutus 's own intentions to keep Rome in check starts a riot. Antony calls him an honorable man. Honorable and honest people tend to suppose that others also live by their standards just as Brutus thought.