“Brutus and Caesar: What should be in that ‘Caesar’?/ Why should that name be sounded more than yours?/ Write them together, yours is as fair a name;” (I.ii.235-237) Cassius’ says because he wants to get Brutus to question why Caesar has become so popular and powerful, and why he deserves it more than anyone else. He wishes to build Brutus up, convincing Brutus that he is just as beloved and trusted by the people, and has the same influence Caesar does. Ultimately, he wants to persuade Brutus that he deserves as much power as Caesar has. Cassius uses another metaphor while speculating about how Caesar gained so much power and influence, just after he has finished talking about Brutus’ equality to Caesar. “Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,/ That he is grown so great?” (I.ii.240-241) He does this to make Brutus question why Caesar is so powerful and if he has something special that makes him a better ruler than Brutus.
Brutus intends to justify his actions, and gain the support of the Roman people. Opposite him, Antony seeks revenge for his friend and aims to make the people feel pity for Caesar and anger for Brutus. Ethos means credibility, and between Antony and Brutus, they have a lot of it. Brutus is a noble, honourable man and Antony was Julius Caesar’s best friend, so they are respected citizens in Rome. Brutus starts out his speech by saying “Believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour…” (III.
To be or not be noble can be redefined by whoever is using the word, but it can typically be described as a sort of selfless practicality. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, we can see the embodiment of such an amazing trait come full circle in Brutus. Even if great, nobility makes us blind. In the play, Brutus is presented as an admirable and noble character. Brutus establishes his nobility when he claims, “For let the gods so speed me as I love / The name of
Without Caesar, patriotism can live, whereas, with Caesar you are in slavery to his power. Adverse to the power speech of Brutus, Antony comes at this propaganda with emotion and passion. He cries in his speech. He gives the people anticipation. He uses litotes to bring his point across.
Cassius is trying to diminish the idea in Brutus ' head that Caesar is more superior than him. Saying their names are just as nice to write and say sparks the idea in Brutus ' head to lower his standards of Caesar. This shows that a name is just a name and one should not be proclaimed over the other. Comparing names helps Brutus forget about any high pedestal that Caesar stands on since everyone has this one thing that makes them who they are. This displays Caesar to be an average person, helping Brutus to think about being just as equal as him.
He states, (1.2 84-89)“ What is it that you would impart to me?/ If it be aught toward the general good, / Set honour in one eye and death i' the other, / And I will look on both indifferently, / For let the gods so speed me as I love, / The name of honour more than I fear death.” . Through this the audience learns Brutus values his honor over everything and would go as far as dying for it. The audience learns Cassius is a leader and does not believe any of his equals have the right to be above to him. It is apparent Cassius declares Caesar as his equal when he states, (1.2 99-101) “ I was born as free as Caesar, so were you. / We both have fed as well, and we can both / Endure the winter’s cold as well as he”.
However, Antony quickly averts the audience's thoughts. The people question why they had suddenly began to show hate towards Caesar when Antony says “you all did love him once, not without cause:/ What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? (3.2.111-113)” Ambition is often mentioned throughout the play and has a deep role in the events that take place. Brutus tries extensively to make himself sound heroic in order to gain more honor. He continues by saying “as he was/ valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I/ slew him (3.2.27-28).” Through these words he shows the people what he is capable of doing and how conflicts must be resolved.
Honor links into a possible theme for Julius Caesar because Cassius and Brutus display honor or dishonor in the play. A character’s reputation or honor forms the actions that a character does to affect the outcome of a possible situation. What a character thinks is right is not always right in the eyes of another character. The first example for Cassius is when Julius Caesar is talking to Marc Antony about why Cassius is dishonorable. Marc Antony disagrees with Caesar saying that Cassius is a good Roman with a very good disposition.
At the end of the play Brutus is referred to as the noblest Roman of them all. I do not agree with this statement. Yes, Brutus’s intentions were for the greater good of Rome, because Brutus felt if Caesar was crowned he was going to take over Rome and do some serious damage to Rome as they all knew it. However, I believe if Brutus was so noble he would not have killed Caesar who was actually his life long friend. I believe in order for a person to be considered noble they should also show to be loyal as well.
Antony begins by stating the reasons why Caesar wasn’t ambitious, but a kind, loving friend. For example, “He was my friend, faithful, and just to me,/But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man./He hath brought many captives home to Rome,/Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill./Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?/When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;/Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.” (III.ii.94-101). By saying this, Antony informs the audience of his and Caesar’s relationship and mocks the way Brutus repeated how Caesar was ambitious frequently in his eulogy. Antony then provided evidence of the opposite. He says that, although he kept captives for ransom, he cries for the poor.