Brutus’ Decision Not to Kill Antony at the Time May Have Been Honourable but It Was Unwise in the Light of Things to Come. Brutus’ Honour and Nobility Initiated the Mistakes He Made That Led to His Tragic Downfall,

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Brutus’ decision not to kill Antony at the time may have been honourable but it was unwise in the light of things to come. Brutus’ honour and nobility initiated the mistakes he made that led to his tragic downfall, sparing Antony’s life being the most detrimental.

The string that unravelled the drawback begins in the first scene of the second act where the naïve Brutus is swayed by Cassius and joins the conspiracy. The plot against Caesar is first devised by Cassius, who slowly allows Brutus to take over the arrangements. This is when Brutus’ oversights eventually lead him to his own demise. The question of whether or not to kill Antony is brought up amongst the conspirators, Brutus and Cassius disagree on the answer. Brutus does not see the threat in Antony, his naivety leads him to believe that everyone is noble and has good intentions in mind. He doesn't think people can be someone other than what they seem. This is shown with his strong opinion of Antony, "And for Mark Antony, think not of him; For he can do no more than Caesar's arm When Caesar's head is off." (Act II, Scene i, Line 181-183) This opinion is very far from the truth as is proven in the emotional speech Antony makes following Caesar's death. Cassius, on the other hand, was very much less trusting; he believed it would be best to kill Antony so that there would be no fear of retaliation from him. As a character, Cassius was usually suspicious of others and cautious to act for he was the first to declare Antony will bring the downfall of the conspirators saying, "A shrewd contriver; and you know his means, If he improve them, may well stretch so far As to annoy us all." (Act II, Scene i, Line159-161) He is also against letting Antony speak at Caesar's funeral before the citizens of Rome. His scepticism in Antony, but failure to act accordingly, turns out to be a key influence to the play's outc Brutus’ decision not to kill Antony at the time may have been honourable but it was unwise in the...
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