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.
This alone and the numerous letters Brutus has been receiving leads him to think that he is no good for Rome, Caesar’s ambition worries Brutus. Cassius is a man of great ambition also. So much so that he’s so jealous of Caesar that he is willing to kill him in order to gain more power for himself, this being the conflict. Both the theme of Ambition and Conflict and the Motif of Politics and Power clearly shows that the Lens is true because, in Scene two, Brutus was really empowered and given
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).
Ambition can drive almost anyone to do things that their consciences normally would not let them do. For this tragic hero, ambition is his folly. Macbeth’s ambition causes him to be susceptible to outsides influences, overrides his conscience and ultimately brings his destruction. Macbeth’s actions have a profound effect on his character for the rest of the play. At first, he is described as a valiant hero of the land, bravely fighting for King Duncan, but his overreaching ambition causes him to do vile acts, completely overriding his conscience.
Unfortunately, instead of going to Caesar and discussing their concerns with him; they decide to end his life. Therefore, Brutus is a betrayer, for conspiring to kill his own friend. One of Brutus’s motivations for killing Caesar is that he believes it is what is best for Rome: “It must be by his death, and for my part I know no personal cause to spurn at him but for the general.” The group of conspirators all believes that Caesar’s ambition puts Rome in danger of becoming a monarchy. Therefore, they would become slaves to Julius Caesar. When Brutus is considering killing Caesar he says, “To be honest, I’ve never known Caesar to let his emotions get the better of his reason” and “our quarrel is with his future behavior, not what he does now.” In conclusion, Brutus’s concerns of Caesar becoming too powerful are invalid because he has not shown signs of becoming that type of ruler.
He was a republican, and working with other republicans, was trying to remove Caesar from the position of sole dictator (king). Flavus had a negative view on Caesar. This could clearly be seen in the incident where Flavus along with another tribune stole the diadem off of one of Caesar 's statues. The relationship between Caesar and Flavus was substandard. After stripping Flavus of his title of Tribune of the Plebs, he asked his father to disown him, because he had two other more successful sons, but he refused.
The quote introduces the initial incident of the play, which is Caesar’s tragic death caused by betrayal; however, the forsakenness was not surprising, as Shakespeare previously reveals Caesar’s isolation. All the way from the beginning of the play, the audience notices that Flavius and Marullus hold disagreement in Caesar’s mighty position. Flavius says furiously that they will pluck Caesars wings so that he can no longer fly high and be superior to them. Although Flavius and Marullus are not influential enough to directly impact Caesar, they stand as a representation of many commoners and senators who are either jealous or distrusting of Caesar. In this case, Caesar is isolated from a vast amount of his own people, which foreshadows his later tragic death and the betrayal from fickle commoners of Rome.
Brutus and the conspirators had not justified the need to murder Caesar. They simply wanted Caesar dead for personal reasons. Brutus was tricked into joining the conspiracy and he feared Caesar was becoming too powerful and would cause trouble in Rome but, had no proof. Brutus was easily manipulated by the other conspirators to join. He was conflicted, at war with himself, and confused about what to do about Caesar.
Cassius influenced Brutus to conspire against Caesar by stating, Caesar “is now become a god… and his name has been sounded more than [Brutus’s]” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 118-145-6). Cassius’s arguments convinced Brutus in proving Caesar's murder would be just, but Caesar’s death is unjust because he is being murdered out of Brutus and Cassius’s jealousy. Both of the individuals are envious of the power that Caesar is being given by the people of Rome and want to end his life before they will lose their own power in the senate after Caesar becomes king. Brutus’ naive mind was easily convinced by Cassius that Caesar was not the best choice to assume the Roman throne because he would not listen to their political thoughts. Individuals, such as Cassius and Brutus, in the senate were afraid of having their power decreased because Caesar, as Brutus states, is an “unhatched serpent’s egg” (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 33).
Brutus made justified actions in result of his internal conflicts. He believes that Caesar is not fit to be a king, and will become dictatorial. This problem plagued Brutus for several sleepless nights. He finally came to his conclusion that, for the better of Rome, he must stop Caesar before he gets too powerful (II, i, 34-36). As he joins the Conspiracy to kill Caesar, he believes the rest of the Conspirators have the same view as him.