March 5, 2013
Marcus Brutus: A True Hero
The definition of a hero is a person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities. Would you call a man who killed his best friend a hero? Most people wouldn’t, but in Marcus Brutus’s case, he is (in the true definition of the word) a hero. Marcus Brutus killed his best friend, and the leader of Rome Julius Caesar, and indulged in other dishonorable acts, but his reasons behind them make him a hero. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus was a hero through his selflessness, his leadership, and he was honorable. These reasons are all characteristics of a true hero.
One thing that cannot be taken away from Brutus was his selflessness. Brutus loved Rome and all of its people. Brutus was told that the people of Rome were miserable under the rule of Caesar. Brutus feared Caesar would become a tyrant, and in order to help the people he had to kill Caesar. When Brutus is explaining to the Plebeians the reason for the murder of Julius Caesar, he says, “If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer; Not that I lov’d Rome more. (III.ii.19-22)” Brutus was telling the people that he loved Caesar, but for their good he had to kill Caesar. Rome meant more to Brutus then Caesar. When Casca and Cassius were discussing their plan to kill Caesar, Casca said, “O, he sits high in all the people’s hearts. (I.iii.157)” Casca was basically saying that the people love Brutus. This is in most part due to his love for them. They know Brutus is a good guy, further solidifying the fact that Brutus is a hero.
Brutus was also a hero because of his leadership. If it wasn’t for Mark Antony, Brutus could have been a great leader of Rome. Cassius was the one who came up with the idea to kill Julius Caesar, and it was his idea to bring Brutus into the conspirators. The conspirators were the group of men who killed Caesar. When Brutus joined the...
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