Who Is Brutus's Loyalty In Julius Caesar

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The Character Brutus In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus is a character that has the most difficult decision in the play. To disobey his loyalty to Caesar, or to disobey his loyalty to Rome. At first we all believe that Brutus is a good guy and wouldn’t turn his back on Caesar. Then as the play continues with Brutus’ soliloquies, we start to question if Brutus is actually loyal to Caesar, or if he is so gullible that people can make him do anything. We as an audience find out that Brutus gave the final blow to kill Caesar showing how gullible Brutus is. First, we believe that Brutus is loyal to Caesar and doesn’t have any thoughts of killing Caesar, until Cassius pulls Brutus aside and speaks with him. Throughout the conversation,…show more content…
Brutus talks about how crowning someone can abuse the power they have. This is shown through the soliloquy that Brutus has in Act II, “It is the bright day that brings forth the adder and that craves wary walking. Crown him that, and then I grant we put a sting in him that at his will he may do danger with” (Act II, Scene I, 15-18). Brutus compares Caesar being crowned, to a poisonous snake where they have to watch every step, otherwise the snake can do harm to the people. Caesar is a representation of the snake because Brutus believes that if Caesar is crowned, the people of Rome would be giving the power to Caesar that can do damage to Rome itself. Brutus once again compares Caesar to a snake later in his soliloquy: “Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented, would run to these and these extremities. And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg¬¬¬¬—Which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous— And kill him in the shell” (Act II Scene I 30-35). Brutus takes into consideration that if his position as a so called king is fulfilled, that the image of Caesar having too much power will come true. He compares him to a serpent’s egg because once it is hatched it becomes dangerous. So Brutus concludes that in order to stop Caesar becoming king, they must kill him before he is king so his power won’t become…show more content…
In Act IV Brutus and Cassius are talking about the Ides of March of when they killed Caesar. Brutus shows regret for killing him. This is shown in the tent, where Brutus and Cassius are arguing with eachother, “Remember March, the ides of March remember. Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake? What villain touched his body, that did stab, and not for justice? What, shall one of us that struck the foremost man of all this world but for supporting robbers, shall we now contaminate our fingers with base bribes, and sell the mighty space of our large honors for so much trash as may be graspèd thus? I had rather be a dog and bay the moon than such a Roman” (Act IV, Scene III 18-28). Brutus brings this up because of his regret for killing Caesar. First he starts questioning why they did it, and once he realizes they only did it for justice for themselves, he wishes he could go back and not murder Caesar for only their justice. Brutus mentions him contaminating his hands with low bribes. This is a representation of how Cassius manipulated Brutus to kill Caesar. Once Brutus realized this, he got upset and realized that he got nothing out of killing Caesar. The only thing he got out of it was pure regret. Brutus also mentions that he doesn’t want to be that kind of Roman that murders people out of his own will. He would rather be remembered as a Roman that people could trust. Instead,
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