In conclusion, was Brutus a betrayer or a patriot? Brutus was a betrayer because he is a liar and a killer. Brutus could have done anything else instead of killing Caesar for the sake of Rome. Caesar was Brutus’s friend but, Brutus was manipulated into thinking that Caesar was a horrible king that had to be stopped. If Brutus was Caesar’s friend he would have never killed him. If Brutus lied about killing Caesar then what else could he lie about in the future, Brutus cannot be trusted because he is a
And while Brutus did work in part with other conspirators, which eventually led to him killing Caesar, he did it for a more morally sound reason which was that Caesar was going to cause the downfall of Rome because he was too ambitious, which is ironic because Caesar's death led to a string of unfit leaders, and civil unrest that eventually led to the downfall of the roman empire. Brutus was also focused on preventing corruption. “The name of Cassius honors this corruption,/ And chastisement doth therefore hide his head (IV.iii.15-6)...Remember March, the ides of March remember./ Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake” (IV.iii.18-9). But in the end, Brutus felt he had not made an honorable use of Caesar’s death and realized he made a mistake so he took his own life, and unlike Cassius, he died an honorable death for honorable reasons. “This was the noblest Roman of them all./ All the conspirators save only he/ Did that they did in envy of great Caesar./ He only in a general honest thought/ And common good to all, made one of them”
Initially, after reading the story, I was confused on whether or not Brutus counted as a betrayer or a patriot and it seemed almost impossible to find out, but as I thought more on it, I discovered he had limited time before Caesar was officially crowned so he had limited options. However, I believe Brutus was a patriot because instead of joining the conspiracy right away when he is offered the chance by Cassius, he refuses because he does not think Caesar deserves something so harsh. Once Cassius plants the fake notes from Rome Brutus decides to kill Caesar because he doesn’t want the people becoming Caesars slaves. So instead of wanting to kill Caesar out of jealousy like Cassius, he just wanted to kill him in order for him not to turn the people of Rome into slaves. Brutus may also seem like a traitor because he chooses to die rather than be captured and
Should Brutus join the conspiracy against Caesar? Some will say yes, and others will say no. Brutus has trusted his instincts and chose to side with the conspiracy. All of his reasons are all valid, for he wants to prevent tyranny. Secondly, he wants to do it with pride and for the civilians of Rome as he places himself lower than the lowest tier class out of respect. Lastly, he predicts the future to be horrid with Caesar as king, taking power for
During the meeting with the Conspirators at his home, Brutus says to them, “No, not an oath” (II.i.125) because “what other oath” is better “than honesty to honesty engaged” (II.i.137-138). Brutus believes they do not need to pledge an oath because he already thinks they are loyal to Rome and that none of them will “palter”. Even before getting to know the rest of the conspirators, he already assumes that they are all there to plan the assassination of Caesar in order to make Rome a better place. All the conspirators, excluding Brutus, have a personal reason on why they want to kill Caesar, whether it is out of envy or pure hatred, but Brutus does not see that they harbor strong resentment towards Caesar. When the conspirators were talking about killing Caesar, Cassius brings up that they should kill Antony too, but Brutus dismisses that notion by claiming that “Antony is but a limb of Caesar” (II.i.179). He later describes his view of Antony, calling him a person of only “sports, to wildness, and much company” (II.i.203). Brutus greatly underestimates Antony by thinking he is just a reveler who cannot do anything for himself, and is only interested in pleasurable activities. He does not think Antony cares much about politics to be involved.. Later on in the story, after Brutus finishes his speech at the funeral, the plebeians
Has Brutus truly justified the need to kill Caesar or has he simply rationalized it for himself? Brutus has multiple reasons that support him in joining the conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar. He did the right thing by joining the conspiracy because he’s loyal to the people of Rome. Brutus believes that Caesar will become full of himself once he’s in power and forget about the people. Lastly he thinks that Caesar is rude and arrogant towards others.
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. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free
All things considered, the only fault one might be able to find in Brutus now is that he did not seek alternatives to the assassination of Julius Caesar, but, in that he acted on his conviction of how Caesar could turn Rome into a dictatorship, and, that is what distinguishes him as a patriot. Otherwise, had Brutus acted out of jealousy or a personal vendetta, then he would be a traitor. Actions alone do not determine who or what a person is; it is the reason behind those actions that make or break a
Though there are many reasons for Brutus to join the conspiracy there are many reasons why not to. One of them is Brutus could be tracked down and executed for killing Caesar. Though it would help the people of Rome Brutus doesn't want to die because of his actions. All of Caesar's guards would hunt down Brutus and assassinate him for killing who they thought was a great
One example of how some people think Brutus is a villain is they think he killed Julius Caesar just for his power. The power to rule Rome. When Brutus was talking to the conspirators Brutus was going back and forth think if he should help the conspirators kill Julius Caesar. He was going back and forth because he was thinking of the power he could have and could rule Rome.
Does Brutus’s idealism make him a traitor to Rome or the BIggest Roman Hero? Brutus’s idealism made him believe that Rome was in danger in history and in Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar” which caused him to betray his friend, Caesar. Brutus’s fear for the Roman Republic caused him to betray his friend who may have became a tyrant without being killed. This caused anarchy among them instead of actually helping the republic, good job Brutus. He even says that he fears for the people if they choose Caesar as a king. Brutus has negatively affected the outlook of Rome and created more harm than good for the situation. Not only did it harm Rome, but it brought his own demise and hallucinations of Caesar’s ghost.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a Shakespearean play and representation of the assassination of Caesar, is a well written and developed story in which the build up of the characters is very well done. As a matter of fact, the developing of Brutus, the tragic hero on the play, is one of the most important characters and therefore one of the better explained and exposed. Brutus is a character that is marked with three traits that allow him to be the one responsible for Caesar's assassination. Indeed, Brutus is naive, well-intended and hypocrite, as seen when the conspirators convince him to be part of it, and be one of the most important figures in it.
Brutus is without a doubt the most noble character in this play. Nonetheless, his impeccable sense of morality also blindfolds him to other people’s sordid motives and makes him easy to be manipulated. Indeed, Brutus is easily manipulated by Cassius in Act 1, Scene 2. In hope to convince Brutus to join the conspirators, Cassius says “Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings” (1.2.150-152). As a result, Brutus starts to believes that it is his job to murder Caesar, as he says in Act 2, Scene 1: “It must be by his death: and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the general” (2.1.14-16). This example explicitly shows that Brutus’s nobility makes him an easy target for others to manipulate. Furthermore, Brutus’s nobility makes him naive. In Act 3, Scene 2, Brutus departs, fully trusting Mark Antony on his words to make a speech that does not blame the conspirators. This, however, is a huge mistake because Antony seeks this chance to successfully turn the crowd against the conspirators. Brutus, who is so noble, is too naive to understand that others may not act as righteously as he does. Hence, Brutus fully trusting Antony to keep his promise demonstrates his naivety. It is his nobility that prevents him to see that others may not be as noble as he is. As a consequence, Brutus’s nobility leads him to his
Brutus was a lifetime friend of Caesar 's that was deceived by a man that feared tyranny to betray Caesars trust and become an accomplice to his murder. “Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more.” (III, II, 21-22). Brutus loved Rome more than Caesar and he
There is a lot of controversy surrounding the argument of Brutus being a betrayer or patriot in the Shakespearean play, Julius Caesar. Personally, I believe Brutus was a betrayer. One of the definitions of betrayer is to disappoint the hopes or expectations of; be disloyal to. This means that whenever someone doesn’t remain loyal to a friend, family member, or even nation/city, they automatically become a betrayer. Brutus claimed to be Caesar’s friend, but then he did things to him that no true friend should ever do, so he should be classified as a betrayer. Certain people may argue that Brutus was a patriot though. Brutus claims that he did everything that he did for the sake of Rome and it’s people, which to some looks like an act of patriotism. I on the other hand, still stand by the belief that he was a betrayer.