Is it justified to kill someone because they have gained too much power and are going to use it for the worse? Brutus has a very bad circumstance on his hands, he can kill Caesar and possibly be executed for his actions or he can let Caesar become king and watch Rome fall. There are many reasons why Brutus should and should not join the conspiracy. Brutus says, “I know no personal reason to spurn at him But for the general.” (II,i,11). Lucius Junius Brutus one of Brutus’ ancestor that turned Rome into a republic.
Brutus' decision to stab Caesar in the back wasn't an easy one. He has to choose between his loyalty to the Roman Republic and his loyalty to his friend. Seems like he could be heading toward tyrant status. Brutus says he killed Caesar because he loved Rome more than he loved Caesar. Based on examples in The Tragedy of Julius
Brutus vs. Cassius A leader is a person who follows through and knows what they want. Cassius, in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is the character who wants to kill Caesar based on his political ranking in Rome. Cassius recruited Caesar's best friend, Brutus, to help him catch Caesar before he gets too big and in Cassius’ opinion destroys Rome. Cassius Is a very effective leader compared to Brutus. Cassius gets his way in the end of the play, although he does not live to see what effects the death of Caesar has on Rome.
Soothsayer The soothsayer is a fortuneteller and he tells Caesar to beware of March 15 ”Beware of March 15” Loyalty to Caesar Brutus Brutus was first loyal to Caesar but then he is convinced that Caesar is abusing his power so he helps kill Caesar. “The only way is to kill Caesar I have no personal reason to strike at him only the best interest of people. He wants to be crowned.” Brutus showed the greatest amount of loyalty to his country. He killed a friend for what he thought would be a better Rome. He was loyal to his country but not to his friend.
Brutus uses pathos in order to pull on the emotions of the crowd, so many of the people can believe that killing Caesar was the right thing to do. “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead,to live all free men?” As Brutus says this in his speech he is trying to appeal to the emotions of the people who don’t agree with killing Caesar. When he says this he wants to make it sound as if it would be Roman-like to kill him, which could gain the attention of some of the crowd. “Who here is so vile that will not love his country?” When Brutus says this it is in order to appeal to the audiences nationalism. He wants to have it seem like in order for someone to have pride in their country, they must agree with killing
Some flaws can make you a good or a bad leader, depending on how they are used or directed. One of these such traits is ambition. Marc Antony was very ambitious, which could have been very good for him as leader, but he was so ambitious that he killed his own family members. This is very important, because he does this to not anger his fellow rulers of Rome. If someone is willing to kill off their own family, then how can one know they will not kill others to stay in power?
Each time Caesar seemed to have a harder and harder time refusing the crown. Brutus realized that eventually Caesar would give in to the people and his pride and accept the crown. It was because of this that Brutus knew that he would have to eliminate Caesar. He took no pleasure in the idea of Caesar’s death, but recognized the necessity of it. In his statement, he says he has no personal reason to “spurn” or despise Caesar but that “for the general” or for his nation he must be a part of the plot to kill Caesar.
Take Pompey for example, he threatened his power and Caesar not only went and killed him but also his sons. Some people may or may not know this but Caesar’s daughter, Julia Caesar, was married to Pompey and so him and Caesar were related. In Act I Scene ii he says to Antony that Cassius has a “lean and hungry look.” This goes to show that Caesar doesn’t trust some people even by the looks of them. If Caesar were to take power this idea might get the best of him and there’s no telling how many people he would have disposed of just because it looked like Caesar couldn’t trust them. This is another example of ethos and is talking about Caesar and how he views different
Brutus said, “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?”, along with “But, as he was ambitious, I slew him,” in his speech to the many people questioning the reason for Caesar’s death. Unfortunately the people followed him like sheep and believed what he had to say. It didn’t take much for these people to be convinced that a great man turned bad making his death justified. It just goes to show how true the quote really is. The people, who once loved Caesar greatly, instantly forgot all he has done to help Rome and just accepted the lies.
More powerful than a one man should become and that made him very dangerous all of Rome would depend on what decisions Caesar made. He could have changed for the better but the possibility of him turning into a tyrant outweighed that possibility and forced our hands into action. I know all too well the other conspirators had other motives to kill Caesar. I knew this from the beginning they were most likely getting revenge for Pompey's murder. Though they did bring up a good point and it was enough to convince me to betray Caesar a man whom I loved dearly.