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Show through the movement of verse Brutus' thought process at 2.1 lines 10 - 34.

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Show through the movement of verse Brutus' thought process at 2.1 lines 10 - 34 By Daniel Weston The scene begins with Brutus pacing back and forth in his garden. He asks his servant to bring him a light and mutters to himself that Caesar will have to die. He knows with certainty that Caesar will be crowned king; what he questions is whether or not Caesar will be corrupted by his power. Although he admits that he has never seen Caesar swayed by power in the past, he believes that it would be impossible for Caesar to reach such heights without eventually coming to scorn those lower in status In Act 2 Scene 1, we see Brutus practicing for this speech in the form of a soliloquy. ...read more.


"I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general." Brutus makes good use of alliteration on his speech to build on his points. If Caesar does turn his back on Rome and become an oppressive leader, then he might also turn his back on those who helped him achieve power. "It is the bright day that brings forth the adder... we put a sting in him". Brutus ponders over the issue that, while he is friends with Caesar and he knows deep down he is capable of being a fair and just leader, he just can't take the risk that he could turn on his friends. "But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back". ...read more.


Brutus reads the letter, which accuses him of sleeping while Rome is threatened: "Brutus, thou sleep'st. Awake, and see thyself" (II.i.46). Brutus interprets the letter as a protest against Caesar: "Thus must I piece it out: / Shall Rome stand under one man's awe?" (II.i.51-52). Believing the people of Rome are telling him their desires through this single letter, he resolves to take the letter's challenge to "speak, strike, redress" (II.i.47). A knock comes at the door. Brutus's servant announces Cassius and a group of men-the conspirators. They include Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius. In conclusion, I don't think Caesar was an innately evil man. He just thought he knew what the best interests of Rome were and getting rid of Caesar was a way to secure Rome from the threat Brutus thought Caesar posed. This could be described as Brutus doing what he thought was best for the republic. ...read more.

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