He acted on greed, hatred, and jealousy instead of having the good of Rome in mind. Author, Donald Wasson, finds that several of the senators, including Cassius, who were involved in the conspiracy against Caesar were “friends and supporters of Pompey who sought both high office and profit” in his article The Murder of Julius Caesar (Wasson). Cassius did not care about what Caesar was doing or would do to Rome with his power, instead he only worried about having power over everyone else. He told Brutus about Julius Caesar’s disabilities and commented about his amazement that “a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone” (I.ii.131-133). Cassius never wanted to be below or feel less than anybody.
Brutus was one, if not the only one, who helped kill Julius Caesar for reasons that were not selfish. Cassius tells Brutus that Julius was a greedy man that needed to be killed for the good of Rome. Brutus believes Cassius and gets the last blow at Julius which is the stab that ended Julius’ life. Later when Brutus finds out the truth he is angry at Cassius for lying and leading him to kill his good friend.
Brutus 's speech: Brutus speaks to the people of rome why he killed caesar so they will not turn on him. He talked about how he didnt kill him because he didn 't love him but because it was for the better of rome. He also tells the people of rome that letting caesar become king would mean the government type would change and all the wars and hard work his family had put into the government would go away. He also states, for the welfare of rome that he would die for rome if rome demands his death Rhetorical devices: Brutus used questions, logos, parallelism, and pathos to stir the people of rhome. Question-
Have you ever been stabbed in the back by one of your friends? Julius Caesar understands how you feel. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Brutus was a man known for his honor, and was a friend of Caesar; but he thought that he was too ambitious for his own good so he, Cassius and a group of members of the Roman senate all conspired to kill him. Brutus believed that killing Caesar was best for Rome's future.
Cassius influenced Brutus to conspire against Caesar by stating, Caesar “is now become a god… and his name has been sounded more than [Brutus’s]” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 118-145-6). Cassius’s arguments convinced Brutus in proving Caesar's murder would be just, but Caesar’s death is unjust because he is being murdered out of Brutus and Cassius’s jealousy. Both of the individuals are envious of the power that Caesar is being given by the people of Rome and want to end his life before they will lose their own power in the senate after Caesar becomes king. Brutus’ naive mind was easily convinced by Cassius that Caesar was not the best choice to assume the Roman throne because he would not listen to their political thoughts.
However, he does not know that they have only joined for selfish reasons. Brutus is the only Conspirator that is truly justified, because he spent so long trying to find the best solution for everyone, where everyone else just joined out of spite. Once the deed is done, the people of Rome become terrified of the Conspirators, until Brutus proves his own justified reasons for killing Caesar (III, ii, 24-26). Brutus chose his actions in a justified manner, that set him apart from the other characters from this
Brutus betrayed Caesar by deceiving him with false loyalty until he had a chance to kill the monarch, thus breaking the sacred vow of trust that came with their friendship. To begin, some may argue that Brutus killed Caesar for Rome’s well-being. In theory, this could have been true. Brutus may have thought that killing a potentially tyrannical dictator could have been a good thing for Rome. However, in this thinking process, Brutus should have come to the conclusion that killing a king would lead to an all-out war, which it did.
Second, Brutus is still apart of the government he loves so dearly. Lastly, what if Caesar made Rome even stronger than it was at the time? Caesar is loved by the people more than anyone in Rome.
In Act 3 Scene 2 Brutus said during his speech, “If that friend then demands to know why Brutus turned against Caesar, this is my answer: Not because I cared for Caesar less, but because I cared for Rome more”. Brutus had courage to kill Caesar, not because he wanted to, but for the good of Rome and its people. During the entirety of the story, Brutus
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies while still alive.” This quote by 2pac relates to the tragedy of Julius Caesar. Caesar had so much potential and did many things for Rome. Caesar was murdered for the sole fact that others were afraid of a tyrant running Rome.
He was the successor to Trajan and in many ways kept with his reformer mind set and peaceful outlook in life. Unlike Trajan and even Augustus, he chose to keep the Roman Empire smaller rather than continue to expand. This doesn’t mean that he could not protect Rome and its citizens, he was in fact well versed in dealing with the military. However, he did have the similar problem that Trajan had had before, and that was the Jewish revolts. They were worse under Hardian due to his Greco-Roman culture push on the people, but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that he was an amazing emperor.
Friends can turn on you in a heartbeat even if you thought you knew them. People you trust and care for can change their mind in an instant and turn against you to do harm to you. The story Julius Caesar shows this between the honorable Brutus and Caesar. Caesar thought Brutus was a trustworthy person but for Brutus there is something more important to him then Caesar. Brutus is a great soldier and an honorable man and we may know people like this.
Cassius and Brutus are very different people. They have a few things in common, they both killed Caesar. They killed him for two different reasons. Cassius was jealous and Brutus did it for a good reason. Cassius killed Caesar because he was jealous that Caesar was full of power.
Honor in the world gives people a reason to fight for the things that they believe in. Throughout The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus has had to make many tough decisions that display the great honor within him. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare's, it is made very obvious that Brutus is an honorable man. Brutus preserves his honor by taking care of Rome’s issues with good intentions and without going too far.
In life, problems arise frequently. With problems one has to make decisions that are hard to make. It is difficult to find the right decision that will be best for everyone but it is not what the heart is wanting. Brutus, Cassius, and the conspirators have a big decision to kill Caesar or not to kill Caesar. Cassius knows in his head what he must do for Rome and himself.