• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Julius Caesar section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Julius Caesar essays

  1. Refer to Act 1 Scene 2, Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 4 Scene ...

    Cassius reminds Brutus that it was his ancestor (also called Brutus) who got rid of the tyrannical Tarquin royal family and now Brutus is allowing Caesar to gain so much power and allow him to be so close to becoming king.

  2. Using Particularly Act 3 Scene 1, Act 3 Scene 2, and Act 4 Scene ...

    "You know not what you do. Do not consent That Antony speak in his funeral" Cassius definitely does not trust Antony at all, we already knew that he had his suspicions on Antony, but this just proves that Cassius sees Antony as a threat - don't forget that earlier on in the play, Cassius wanted Antony dead!

  1. Using Particularly Act 3 Scenes 1 & 2 and Act 4 Scene 1 How ...

    Brutus does not realise though is that by allowing Mark Antony to take Caesar's body up to the pulpit, he is giving Antony another weapon in his armoury with which to whip the crowd up into a frenzy and get them on his side.

  2. The Events in Brutus’s tent (act 4 scenes 2 and 3)

    you have done me wrong" he says this as if he resents him. Brutus stays calm while Cassius just gets more and more angry, this is typical of their characters and is engaging for the audience because the audience feel like they know the characters.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work