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.
Murder is the unlawful planned out killing of one human being by another, which in society is seen as an action that is morally incorrect and should not be done; yet can this act under any circumstance ever be justified? In the Shakespearean play, Julius Caesar, a group of conspirators are against Caesar's rise in power and popularity, so they assassinate him to prevent Cesar from ascending greatly in power and becoming a tyrant. Even though the conspirators had the “good of Rome” in their intentions, Caesar's murder was not justified. Caesar was murdered under the pretext that he was gaining too much support and would eventually become a danger, and his “ambitious” behavior. Therefore, Caesar was murdered out of jealousy, morally incorrect
Brutus tells the crowd to keep his honor and reputation in mind while they judge that he has to say. Honor makes him respectable, credible, and worthy of the audience’s trust, so they are manipulated. Ethos is used again toward the end of his speech. After explaining why he betrayed Caesar, Brutus tells the crowd, “With this I depart,-- that, as I slew my best lover / for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, / when it shall please my country to need my death” (III.ii. 46-48). Since he is trying to convince the crowd that he only has the best intentions for Rome, he goes so far as to tell them that he is willing to be killed if that is what needs to be done, perpetuating the idea that he has done no wrong.
Although Brutus did end up killing Julius Caesar but he did do it for what he thought was a good cause. Brutus kills himself at the end because that is what he believed was honorable at the time. Romans believed that they had to kill themselves if they lost a battle, and Brutus and Cassius lost the battle pretty
He was unable to see through the fake letters that are supposedly written by the people of Rome, but in reality are being written as a scam from Cassius. Brutus interpreted these letters as a protest against Caesar. He believed the people of Rome were telling him their desires through this letter, he tries to resolve this by listening to the societies challenge to “speak, strike, redress” (II.i.47). Reading these letters from “random citizens” it is what finally pushes him over the edge.
Marc Antony loves Caesar and was sincerely hurt when Brutus, a respected man to whom was close to Caesar, played a role in the assassination. Brutus was abl persuade the crowd , the people of Rome, in believing that Caesar deserved to die as he was ambitious and that his death was for the better of Rome. Through the speech Marc Antony disproves Brutus as when presented with the crown “ thrice did he refuse”(III.ii.99). Thus he asks if this is the crowds view of an honorable man which he refers to Brutus, with a tone of sarcasm, and in addition this makes the crowd question their own opinion. The need to avenge Caesar 's death gave Antony a motivation but he also used emotion to win the trust of the Romans.
The conspirators thought that the plebeians would understand their motives, but, instead,“the city was in shock, and people became increasingly more hostile” after the assassination (Wasson). The commoners sided with Anthony and Octavian, ignoring the lack of justifications that the conspirators and Brutus provided. They were angry that their beloved king had been assassinated by the senators who were supposed to be working and supporting him. The author of The Assassination of Julius Caesar. 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.
Finally, the third reason that Brutus is a hero is because he process several heroic qualities and attributed unlike the other conspirators and characters in the play. Therefore, it is clear that despite different opinions regarding the character of Brutus he is the hero of Julius Caesar. (7 sentences) 168 Brutus is a hero through and through in Julius Caesar, it is clear that he is a hero because he repetitively stands up for what he believes in, no matter the circumstances or the people who will be effected by his actions. Brutus believes that Rome should be run by a voting system and of group of senates instead of one man who holds all the power. When Brutus states “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.
To get their point across to the Roman republic, Brutus and Antony use different kinds of logic, or logos. Brutus approaches the logos part of his speech by pointing out how oppressed the people of Rome would be, had he not killed Caesar; ¨Would you rather that Caesar be alive and you be slaves?¨ (III. ii. L 21-22). Being one of Caesar's best friends, Antony took the angle opposite Brutus; he displayed all the actions that Caesar took to benefit Rome. ¨He hath brought many captives home to Rome… When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept… I thrice presented him a kingly crown, which he did thrice refuse” (III. ii.
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.
In the discussion of Julius Caesar, one controversial issue is how did he die. On the one hand, he is more of a victim than villain. On the other hand, he can be a villain more than a victim. Everyone has a different perspective for if he is a victim or villain. In the following paragraphs, there will be a comparison on Mark Antony’s Funeral Speech and Brutus’s Funeral Speech on whether Julius Caesar is a victim or villain.
Brutus is the tragic hero of the play Julius Caesar. Brutus, just like almost every other person ever born, had flaws about him, but that does not mean that he cannot be the tragic hero of Julius Caesar. Brutus was an honorable man. Brutus was the only conspirator that killed Caesar for the good of Rome. Brutus loved his country more than he loved his closest friend.
Scholars argue over whether Brutus or Caesar is the tragic hero of the play because both characters are men of prominence who have tragic flaws that cause them to fall. Although there is evidence to support that they could both be a tragic hero, there is more evidence to support that Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero of the play. Marcus Brutus is a leader and a citizen of Rome who leads in the death of Caesar. Brutus plays the role of the tragic hero through his noble standing, fatal flaw, and legacy. Some people could argue that Caesar is the tragic hero and could provide a counterclaim to support that he is.
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the playwright, William Shakespeare, captures the essence of a tragic hero with the main protagonist, Marcus Junius Brutus. To earn the title “tragic hero,” a character must conform to several prerequisites. Qualifications include the fact that a tragic hero must have a fatal flaw, an error of judgement, a harsh fate resulting from his or her judgement, a story that invokes fear and empathy, a tragic deed done to someone close, and a tragic hero must be ordinary, neither distinctively good nor bad. In the case of Brutus, his character achieves most, if not all of these requirements; therefore, he is the epitome of a “tragic hero”.
Every story has either hero or a tragic hero. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout was the hero. In the movie The Longest Ride, Ira Levinson (played by Alan Alda) was the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character in a story that is a protagonist whose poor decisions lead to their downfall. William Shakespeare was famous for not only writing plays but also tragic plays.