Throughout the play, Brutus continues to display the characteristics of a good shepherd. Brutus cared and acted compassionately towards others, even to the people of lower classes. For instance, Brutus was very considerate towards the young servants, Lucius, Varrus, and Claudio. Brutus illustrates this when he commanded that they all stay in his tent for he may suddenly have an errand to run. Varrus offers, "So please you, we will stand and watch your pleasure." (Act 5.5.300) . In other words, he willingly wanted to stand by and wait for any commands. However, Brutus responded, "I will not have it so. Lie down, good sirs " (Act 5.5.301-316). A few moments later in that scene, Lucius speaks of how his duty requires that he please every one of Brutus' wishes. Brutus responds to Lucius' statement, "I should not urge thy duty past thy might. / I know young bloods look for a time to rest." (Act 4.2.312-313). Brutus understands that the young must take time to rest.
Another characteristic of a good shepherd that Brutus possesses is nobility. For example, Antony stands over Brutus' dead body and he says, "This was the noblest Roman of them all / He only in a general honest thought / And common good to all made one of them." (Act 5.5.67-74). This translates that Brutus was the noblest Roman for he was the only one whose intentions were always the most honest and... [continues]
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