The main fact that he can be considered a betrayer is because he killed his best friend Caesar. Yet we all know that Brutus was looking at the bigger picture, and knew that Caesar was not fit to be the ‘king’ of Rome in the play Brutus says : "Not that I lov'd Caesar less, but that I lov'd Rome more.". If Caesar had become king he would have let the power go to his head and ruined the Roman Empire more than it already degraded. The other reason that Brutus can be seen as a betrayer is that he was working against Caesar. Also they group that Brutus worked with had questionable motives and properly did not do it for the same intentions Brutus said he did it for.
Rather, they are the actions of an arrogant, ??????? man who had decided that he knew what was best for Rome. Brutus claimed that he was killing Caesar for the good of Rome. He was worried that Caesar would become a tyrannical ruler, and ruin Rome. However, he had very little proof that Caesar would actually become a tyrant.
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.
During the Roman times, a wise man’s usage of words has the ability to persuade other’s minds, especially during a time of crisis. William Shakespeare writes Julius Caesar as a tragedy in 1599 to explain the conspiracy against Julius Caesar. In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Cassius & the other conspirators viciously stab Julius Caesar to death which causes an outrage among the plebeians. Brutus tries to justify to the crowd the reason as to why they kill Caesar. Brutus exclaims Caesar’s ambition shows Caesar’s ability to eventually become a tyrant.
Brutus is faced with a serious decision in Act II. Brutus states, “It must be by his [Caesar] death; and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him but for the general. He would be crowned.”, and “Th’ abuse of greatness is when it when it disjoins remorse from power; and, to speak truth of Caesar. I have not known when his affections swayed more than his reason.” Brutus was faced with the decision if he should kill Caesar or let him live. 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.
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.
His speech is designed to persuade the Plebeians that the murder of Caesar was very necessary. In Brutus's speech he talks about how him and Caesar loved each other and that it wasn't that "I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more." Meaning that him and Caesar shared a love for each other but Rome meant more to him then Caesar did. By telling the crowd that he loved Caesar it makes them think that he wasn't necessarily happy about the murdering of him but that he was glad it happened cause it was better for Rome. When giving his speech Brutus successfully used his emotions to convince the crowd to help overthrow
Caesar’s last words speak, “Et tu, Bruté?—Then fall, Caesar) Shakespeare (III.i.85). Seeing the person betrayal from Brutus stabbing him last, Caesar is distressed by the fact that even one of his closest friends tried to kill him. Although Brutus loves Caesar and is a close friend of his, he decides that Rome is more important and that Caesar is unsuitable to be a king. If Brutus cared about his personal loyalty more, he would have told Caesar that the conspirators were trying to kill him or at least he would not have killed him. However, that is not the case, and it is obvious that Brutus’s heart and concerns go to his beloved city, Rome.
Brutus was a gentle and honest man who killed caesar for the right reasons and not just so he would have a greater shot at becoming the king of rome. He would have rather watched himself die a thousand deaths than to watch his city in peril. Cassius helped talk Brutus into killing Caesar over jealousy. Brutus only went along with the idea because he knew that Caesar was an improper ruler for rome and its people. Brutus put his city and its people n front of him and that was his tragic flaw.
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.
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.
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).
In “Julius Caesar”, by William Shakespeare, Marcus brutus plays the role of the Tragic hero due to his character flaw of being too Naive. The conspiracy to assassinate Roman dictator Julius Caesar is Instigated by senator Cassius, who uses Brutus to carry out his plan. He chooses Brutus to lead the assassination because Brutus is a nobleman who is greatly respected by the society. Cassius’s plan is to include Brutus in the conspiracy so the people of Rome would look at the assassination as a noble act. He convinces Brutus that Caesar will turn out to be an over-powered tyrannical leader once pronounced king.