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Julius Caesar Writing Assignment #1 Throughout Shakespeare's plays, very rarely is there a character that is black and white. It is very uncommon to find a character whose traits are easily distinguishable and decisive. Almost always a character has both its strengths and weaknesses. This is especially apparent in Shakespeare's tragedy; Julius Caesar. Of the central characters, Brutus is perhaps the most characteristically diverse. He has both many strengths and weaknesses. Brutus's strengths are he is a good judge of character, excellent at judging what others will think and very sensible. On the other hand, his weaknesses are that he is idealistic, easily manipulated and morally sensitive. Brutus personality contains many individual strong points. The first of these is Brutus's intelligence. He is very smart, especially when it comes to figuring out people's true intentions. This is evident in the way Brutus acknowledges Cassius real objective while trying to flatter Brutus. Brutus says "Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius, / that you would have me seek into myself..." ...read more.


(1.2.167-168). Brutus knows that such a severe action, as assassinating an emperor is, can not be agreed upon without serious thought. Another example of Brutus's reasonableness is when he reminds his fellow conspirators that they must be gentlemanly in the way they go about their assassination. Brutus says "Let us be sacrificers but not butchers/...We shall be called purgers not murderers."(2.1.166). Brutus warns that the failure to do so will result in the Roman people becoming angered with the new leaders. Brutus demonstrates that his character is full of strengths in the play Julius Caesar. Brutus also displays many faults and weaknesses throughout the play. His main flaw is his idealism towards how others will act. He assumes that the conspirators will follow through with the murder purely because they feel it is the right thing to do. Brutus says "No, not an oath: if not the face of men, / the sufferance of our souls..." (2.1.114-115). This was said by Brutus relaying to Cassius that an oath was not necessary because the men's ideals were enough to make them follow through. ...read more.


Brutus's final character flaw is that he is morally sensitive. When one is doing something wrong, like murdering, you cannot have strong morals like Brutus does. Brutus says "I know no personal cause to spurn at him, / but for the general." (2.1.11-12). This shows Brutus's internal conflict surrounding the assassination. He is persuading himself to thing what he is doing is right, but in some senses he knows that it is wrong. A second example of this inner struggle due to his morals is when Brutus tells Cassius "I turn the trouble of my countenance / merely upon myself. Vexed I am." (1.2.38-39). Through these ways, Brutus reveals to the audience his character faults. Brutus has one of the most unsystematic personalities in the play Julius Caesar. He has both many personality strengths and weaknesses which make him different from every other character. There is no way to know yet whether these traits will make him successful or not in his pursuit of murder and power, but one will have to wait to find out. At this point, one can only guess whether Brutus will be able to overcome his weaknesses and prevail ...read more.

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