Murellus and Flavius
Murellus and Flavius are two of the first characters we are introduced to. They enter and begin to chastise commoners for celebrating on a working day. Their first communal trait, arrogance, can be seen here, in the way that they address and respond to the people. It is obvious that the cobbler and carpenter are of lower social status to them, and they speak to them in a somewhat derogatory manner. “Hence, home, you idle creatures, get you home!” says Flavius in the opening line. They begin to question the cobbler, and he replies in puns, which appears to anger them more. Not only do the puns enrage them, showing their short-temperedness (another trait), but they also confuse them, which is interesting to note. This can be interpreted as simplemindedness, as they seem to misinterpret the cobbler’s puns. “Nay sir, I beseech you, be not out with me, yet if you be out, sir, I can mend you/What mean’st thou by that? Mend me thou saucy fellow?” When the cobbler explains that he is celebrating the return of Caesar, Murellus begins a long rant about the fickleness of the Roman people. He appears to be ‘anti-caesar’ or opposed to Caesar, perhaps because they supported Pompey. Flavius shares this sentiment since he assists in chasing the commoners and instructing them to take down the images of Caesar. They are used to show that not everyone was in favour of Caesar and he was not truly ‘loved by all’. Also, the long monologue with Murellus about the faithlessness of the Romans can be seen as an allusion to the then current political situation in England. The Queens could not possibly produce an heir to the throne at her age, and everyone was worried as to who would become the new leader. Brutus
Brutus is one of the main characters, one of the main conspirators, and also one of the most complex characters. He is a good friend to Caesar, and an honourable man overall, but he values his country and morals above all, and this is a pivotal flaw which...
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