Brutus in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Topics: Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, Roman Empire Pages: 2 (628 words) Published: May 7, 2007
In William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" Brutus is a friend of Caesar. Brutus is a believer in the republic and a member of the conspiracy against Caesar. Brutus is a highly respected man in the upper class of the Roman society. Brutus is a noble and a good man throughout the play. Brutus is a tragic hero because he is born from a high class family, is an overall a good person, and his trust is his tragic flaw.

A noble man should be patriotic, ethical, and selfless. He should come from a heredity rank in a political system, and have qualities of a high moral character. They shouldn't think well just for themselves but for everyone. They should also be able to express their nobility.

Everyone in the play knows that Brutus is a good man. At the end of the play when Caesar says "Et tu Brute" (3.1.76), it shows how surprised he was. It shows Caesar had always thought that Brutus was a good person because he was shocked to see Brutus as a part of the conspirators. Cassius also knew this very well and he states that in his soliloquy "Well, Brutus, thou art noble" (1.2.297). The only reason Cassius wanted Caesar to be a part of the conspirators was to justify their selfish motives by Brutus's nobility. Even Brutus himself admits his nobility "I love the name of honor more than I fear death" (1.2.88-89). It shows that a noble man takes his own life rather than suffer humiliation. Brutus justifies his killing of Caesar by his nobility when he says to the crowd at Caesar's funeral "Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more" (3.2.19-20).

Brutus's tragic flaw is his trust. Brutus is too trusting in the human nature of other people, he is also too trusting in his own motives and beliefs. His tragic flaw is brought to more attention after Caesar's death, when Brutus permits Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral. Cassius doesn't want him to, but Brutus tells him that he will speak before Antony. "I myself to the pulpit first and show the reason of our...
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