Brutus’ unusual behavior can be contributed to several things. Brutus and Caesar have been life-long friends. Brutus feels loyalty toward Caesar, but he is torn because he feels that Caesar is abusing his power and has risen far too quickly. The letter from Cassius makes Brutus think that the Roman people want Caesar dead so that Rome can be restored. Brutus is a vain man and is easily manipulated by Cassius’ letter. Brutus twists the letter’s meaning to fulfill his own desire for power.
“Brutus thou sleep’st: awake, and see thyself.
Shall Rome, &c. Speak, strike, redress.
Brutus, thou sleep’st: awake.
Such instigations have been often dropped
Where I have took them up.
“Shall Rome, &c.” Thus must I piece it out:
Shall Rome stand under one man’s awe? What, Rome?
What ancestors did from the streets of Rome
The tarquin drive, when he was called a king.
“Speak, strike, redress.” Am I entreated
To speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,
If the redress will follow, thou receivest
Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!”
Repeatedly, Brutus states that he has not slept since Cassius’ letter stirred up such strong feelings against Caesar. Brutus feels great pressure to join the conspiracy against Caesar. The other people in the conspiracy know that if Brutus joins them, the conspiracy will have the people’s interest at heart. Roman citizens believe that Brutus is a patriot and cares more about Rome than his feelings for Caesar or anything else. The decision he had to make would come at a price no matter which way he decided. Brutus says, “He would be crowned.
How that might change his nature, there’s the question.
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.”
Brutus realizes there is no other way but to join the conspiracy. This makes...
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