Mistakes Brutus Made in Julius Caesar

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Everyday people make decisions that may or may not determine the outcomes of their lives. It took only three wrong choices to bring calamity upon Marcus Brutus. First, he refused to agree to the death of Marc Antony, second, he allowed Marc Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral and third, he decided to risk all in one battle at Philippi. In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus makes three big mistakes that bring him to his end.

Brutus brought his own death upon him by refusing to agree to the death of Marc Antony. As Cassius had said “we shall find him a shrewd contriver, and…his means…may well stretch so far as to annoy us all,” arguing that Antony should also be killed at the conference. Brutus immediately forbade such a thing and said “think not of him; for he can do no more than Caesar’s arm when his head is off.” Allowing Caesar’s “limb” to live turned out to be on of the biggest mistakes Brutus ever made. It was the same Antony whom Brutus thought would be no danger to them that destroyed him.

Allowing Marc Antony not only to speak at Caesar’s funeral but also to speak last was another mistake Brutus made that brought about his end. “Do not consent that Antony speaks in his [Julius Caesar’s] funeral: know you how much the people may be moved by that which he will utter?” Cassius, his friend, had advised Brutus not to let Antony speak at the funeral. Brutus, stupidly, refused to acknowledge that fact and said “I will myself into the pulpit first and show the reason of our Caesar’s death…it shall advantage more than do us wrong.” Brutus was under the misconception that he was a better orator than Antony and so he went first. This allowed Antony to listen to whatever Brutus had said and use it against him to sway the crowd in a different direction. Antony convinced the crowd that the conspirators were not honourable and thus turned them against Brutus and his fellow conspirators.

The last mistake Brutus made that brought him to his end was...
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