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Character Study of Brutus From the play “Julius Caesar”.

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Character Study of Brutus From the play "Julius Caesar". In Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" the character Brutus plays a central role. He is motivated to do his best for Rome. First, I will list some of the positive things about Brutus. It is clear that he is hugely popular. Casca proves this by saying, "Brutus sits high in all people's hearts." He also has a great honour, which is extremely important to him. This is made clear when he says, "I love/ the name of honour more than I fear death". This could either mean that he means it, or he is trying to prove himself. He had great respect for himself, which is made clear, when he says, "have respect to/ mine honour". However, other people honour him too. Mark Antony, despite his grief over his best friend's death, he still calls him "wise and honourable". However, he must keep the conspirators on his right side until he is safe. ...read more.

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When Portia is outside, and Brutus meets her, he is worried about her health ("it is not for your health thus to commit/ your weak condition"). However, it could also be politeness. He also seems to be quite clever. He is observant, which is made clear when he tells Casca that "Caesar looks so sad". This means that he tries to observe people's emotions. He also keeps his secrets. We know this because Portia demans that she "should know this secret". He is an orator. Antony makes this clear by telling the crowd that he is "no orator as Brutus is". He can manipulate the crowds, because after his speech, the crowds cheer him. He does this by using rhetolical questions: "who is here so rude/ that would not be a Roman". By using the word "rude" nobody is going to object, or say anything. Secondly, I will note some of Brutus' negative points. The first point is that he is easily manipulated. ...read more.

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Because of his genuine belief it was a good deed, he lets Antony "speak all good you can devise of Caesar" even though Cassius disagrees. It is also proved by him saying: "no, not an oath". He thinks it is not necessary because the conspirators could trust each other, and were doing a good deed together. However, later in the play, he cracks up. It starts when he sees Caesar's ghost. Later he confesses defeat: "our enemies have beat us to the pit". After he runs over his sword he says his last words: "I killed thee not with half so good a will". This means he would rather die himself than kill Julius Caesar, and he gives in to the guilt. Overall, you can say that Brutus genuinely believed that he was doing a noble deed for the sake of Rome. The positive points show his nobility and honour. But at the end (just like Macbeth) he feels guilty and commits suicide. By Thomas Hackford, 4K ?? ?? ?? ?? By Thomas Hackford, 4K Essay about the character of Brutus ...read more.

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