Julius Quote Response
Brutus gives his thoughts of killing Caesar in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar
act 2 scene 1. In Brutus’s soliloquy he reveals how Caesar “might change his nature” (4). Brutus also states “he may do danger” (8). What Brutus is referring to is if Caesar gets crowned he might abuse his power. Brutus is an honorable man who is for the people of Rome. Although this might not be his reasoning for killing Caesar. It may be that Brutus himself wants power. Therefore Brutus is willing to do anything necessary to get what he wants. The metaphor Brutus uses in his soliloquy is how Caesar may climb “young ambitions ladder” (13). Brutus repeats that Caesar is climbing a ladder to get what he wants. To repeat Brutus declares “whereto the climber-upward turn’s his face but when he once attains the upmost round he then unto the ladder turns his back” (14-16). To be sure Brutus wants to join the conspirators to kill Caesar, Brutus articulates how Caesar will turn his back on the people that he once used to get to the high place he wants to be at, which is the crown. “So Caesar may” (18). Which means Caesar might do all these bad things. Therefore Brutus thinks of Caesar as a “serpent’s egg” (23). Thus Brutus thinks it’s necessary to “kill him in the shell” (25). At the end of Brutus’s soliloquy Brutus has made up his mind to join the conspiracy and kill Caesar.
There could be many topics from this quote but the two most important topics are projection and ambition. In this soliloquy Brutus projects how he feels about Caesar. In doing so, Brutus manipulates what Caesar actions to get what he wants. Brutus wants what is best for the people and himself and Brutus thinks that Caesar will do harm to the people if he is crowned. Brutus also suggests that Caesar will change and be a different person. Everything that Brutus projects about Caesar, Brutus is construing to his own fashion. To be correct Brutus states that Caesar is...
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