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Brutus' Monolouge

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In this monologue of Brutus the reader gets a completely different view of the character and the situation. In the scenes before, people reflected anger, happiness, enthusiasm, arrogance… in a very raucous, tumultuous and intense way. This scene though is silent and serene. It focuses all the attention to Brutus and his thoughts, making his speech more powerful and impacting. The audience’s full attention is on the character and it’s the first time we get to know what Brutus thinks and, especially, how he thinks. We see clearly how different he is from the other characters; he’s not arrogant and selfish like Caesar or hateful like the other conspirators, he’s logical and thinks about his decisions. “I know not personal cause to spurn him, but for the general” Though he has been manipulated by Casca and Cassius in the previous scene, we can understand his reasoning better.

This soliloquy is, without a doubt, very powerful. The character is torn into two by the decision he has made, therefore to embellish his act by reasoning his decision, he tries to convince himself that what he is planning is right, even if Caesar is his friend and he is honorable to him. “He would be crowned: How that might change his nature, there’s the question” Even though we know from the very first line that the decision is made “it must be by his death”; we see Brutus’ ambivalence, and one comes to feel sympathy for him. “Th’abuse of gratness is when it disjoints remorse from power; and to speak truth of Caesar, I have not known when his affections swayed more than his reason” The decision has not come easy to him, but though torn between honor to Caesar and Rome’s benefit, we see how effectively the ideas of Casius and Casca are implanted into Brutus’ mind. With this speech, Brutus tries to convince himself that the bad deed he is about to do is in fact benevolent, and we see that he has no self interest in the situation but that he does it for the greater benefit.

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