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Brutus always acts in an honourable manner and is right to kill Caesar. Comment on this statement.

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Alia SyedEnglish CourseworkMr. Miotti Julius Caesar Essay ?Brutus always acts in an honourable manner and is right to kill Caesar.? Comment on this statement. Literature has brought to surface some of the world?s greatest geniuses, most notably the renowned playwright, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was born in 1594 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He produced numerous masterpieces throughout his lifetime, such as Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar was one of Shakespeare?s shortest plays and was first performed in 1601 in Shakespeare?s Globe Theatre. The plot revolves around Julius Caesar, an incredibly ambitious and triumphant leader who returns victoriously from war. Upon his return, it is suggested that his greatest ambition may come true and he will be announced as the ruler of Rome. However, it is obvious that the other characters in the play are not in favour of this decision and this ultimately leads to his death by the hands of his loyal servant, Brutus. Brutus is genuinely patriotic and his choice to kill Caesar is potentially driven by his loyalty to his nation. The plot then focuses on Brutus and his fight to achieve peace for Rome, eventually leading to a war with Caesar?s close friend, Mark Antony. The play revolves around Brutus and the aftermath of his decision to kill Caesar. ...read more.

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However, he has nothing against Caesar and is not making this decision based on jealousy, unlike the other conspirators. Brutus says, ?This shall make Our purpose necessary, and not envious,? [Act II, scene i, 177-178] which means that he does not want the death of Caesar to be like a murder, but rather a solution to a cause. Brutus?s genuine loyalty towards both Caesar and his nation can be seen when he says, ?not that I love Caesar less, but that I love Rome more,? [Act III, scene 2, 21-22]. His true motive is evident in this quotation and proves his patriotism. His objective was entirely different from that of the conspirators as he never intended to eliminate Caesar for the sake of envy. It is also apparent that Brutus has a conscience and is not ruthless because he greatly contemplates whether he should kill Caesar or not. The quotation, ?I have been up this hour, awake all night,? [Act II, scene i, 88] indicates that Brutus is giving this decision a lot thought and thus shows that he has a sense of integrity. Even after Caesar is killed, Brutus shows no sign of guilt and stands by his decision. It is clear that Brutus shows no signs of regret when he announces to the Romans, ?Our reasons are so full of good,? [Act III, scene I, 225]. ...read more.

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A definite change in Brutus?s character can be seen throughout the play. His usual modesty remains lacking towards the end of the play as he becomes conscious of his power. Although Brutus was not initially greedy for power, his egoistic side subconsciously leads to his desire for staying in power. The irony in this situa In the beginning of the play, Brutus is evidently a good person and shows indefinite loyalty towards his nation. Brutus appears to be willing to sacrifice a lot, including his friendship, in order to achieve peace for Rome. However, throughout the course of the play, Brutus?s personality shows a change in which his greed for dominance can be observed. However, despite the fact that he became greedy for power, his motives did not change and he still desired the best for Rome. Hence, it can be concluded that although Brutus changed in a negative way, a part of his consciousness remained intact which urged him to remain noble. His decision to kill Caesar was not driven by envy, unlike the other conspirators, but by the love for his country. Whether Brutus was right to kill Caesar or not, he still remained honourable till the very end. The world will never truly know whether Brutus?s intentions were falsified, but one fact is for certain: as said by Mark Antony, Brutus was truly ?the noblest man of them all?. ...read more.

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