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.
Having to choose between his loyalty to Rome and his loyalty to his close friend, Brutus shows what is more important to him by finally killing Caesar. In Act I, Brutus tells Cassius, “What means this shouting? I do fear the people/Choose Caesar for their king” (Shakespeare I.ii.85-86). Brutus fears that Caesar will be crowned king, which contradicts the values of the Roman Republic. And after some persuading from the conspirators and Cassius, Brutus finally joins in on the act to kill Caesar before he can do any damage to Rome.
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While some may argue that Brutus embodies these qualities, Brutus allowed flattery and ambition to corrupt his ideas. “Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that ‘Caesar’? Why should that name be sounded more than yours?” (1.2.140). Brutus allowed Cassius to talk him into killing Caesar, and believed that he should be loved and supported as much as Caesar. Brutus knew that with Caesar out of the way, he would become the people's
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.
Whoever becomes leader how do they know that they won't get mad at them and just kill them too. It's a bad idea for Brutus to join the conspiracy. What if the plan doesn't go how they want it to go? If Caesar found out that they were planning on killing him, he would probably kill all of them first. Brutus is already a close friend of Caesar's why put his life on the line.
Your friend or your country, this decision is burdensome and a choice that Brutus needed to make. In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, readers are confused about Brutus being a patriot or a traitor. Brutus most certainly is a patriot considering even Antony said that he truly had good intentions. Although this may be true, some people view Brutus as a traitor due to him killing Caesar, claiming he was ambitious and Antony easily disproved this. Contrary of what some people think, Brutus is a patriot because he killed Caesar to free Rome from his rule, Antony even stated that he did not act out of jealousy and was noble.
Antony manipulates the crowd, with their submissiveness in mind. Antony begins to make the crowd to question Brutus and his dialectic behind killing Caesar. The “honourable” men claim to have killed Caesar due to his ambition, however “on the Lupercal / I thrice presented him a kingly crown, / Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?”(3.2, 98-100, 50). Antony uses logos appeal by stating facts, which makes the crowd think for themselves, unlike they normally do.
In the play Caesar is noble Roman who is becoming too powerful and that has gathered concerns from a group of Roman senators. The senators conspire to take Caesar’s life, but need the cooperation of a respected senator named Marcus Brutus. Brutus is a trusted friend to Caesar and is against the plot. Eventually, Brutus turns on Caesar and partakes in his murder. Caesar’s supporters, Antony and Octavius, start a civil war to avenge his death.
In the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare Rome is struck with utter disorder after certain characters use ethos, pathos and logos to manipulate the people of Rome. One character who uses ethos, pathos and logos is Cassius to manipulate Brutus into joining the conspirators. Brutus also uses ethos, pathos and logo to justify his killing of Caesar. Last, Mark Antony uses ethos, pathos and logo to manipulate the Plebeians against Brutus and the conspirators. Thus, Cassius, Brutus and Mark Antony all use ethos, pathos and logos to manipulate one another and bring the people of Rome to their sides, resulting in total chaos.