Role Of Betrayal In Julius Caesar

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Have you ever thought about what it would be like to murder your close friend for the good of your country? Marcus Brutus, the tragic hero of William Shakespeare’s famous play titled The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, did just that. He showed the consequences of betrayal for his beloved country, Rome. The play is separated into 5 acts, and shows how the murder of the country’s ruler is plotted and carried out. Betrayal will lead to destruction. It all began when Cassius spoke to Brutus in Scene 1. Brutus said, “What means this shouting? I do fear, the people choose Caesar for their king.” (1.2.82-83). Cassius replied, questioning why Brutus didn’t want his good friend to become king of Rome. Brutus then replied: “I would not, Cassius. Yet I love him well. But wherefore do you hold me here so long? What is it that you would impart to me? If it be aught toward the general good, set honor in one eye and death i' th' other, And I will look on both indifferently, let the gods so speed me as I love. The name of honor more than I fear death.” (1.2.84-91). Although he loves Caesar, Brutus does not want him to become King of Rome and create a tyranny. Cassius saw that having someone like Brutus, who is loved by the people…show more content…
They decided to stab Caesar in private. Brutus, Cassius, and the other conspirators took to Caesar’s current location, the council, and stabbed him. Brutus was the final person to stab Caesar. As Brutus stabbed his friend, Caesar managed to say, “Et tu, Brutè? Then fall, Caesar.” (3.1.77). Caesar felt betrayed by Brutus, and couldn’t believe Brutus would betray him, especially where the end result is murder. This scene is a huge factor that leads to the destruction of Brutus. Caesar’s friend, Antony, spoke to the public following Brutus’ speech about how he only murdered Caesar for the god of Rome. Antony’s speech persuaded the public to turn on the conspirators, namely Cassius and Brutus, who in turn flee from
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