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"The Noblest Roman of them all." How Accurate an Assessment is this of the Character Brutus?

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"The Noblest Roman of them all." How Accurate an Assessment is this of the Character Brutus? Brutus was one of the most important men in Ancient Rome and was a great friend of the emperor of Rome and her dominions, Julius Caesar. He loved his friend Caesar and felt a great deal of allegiance to him and wanted him to stay that way. However, Brutus' love for Rome was much greater and still believed in a republic run by senators elected by the people similar to the government of today in Britain. He felt that Caesar was becoming too ambitious and was becoming a threat to the senate. Brutus felt that the only way to stop Caesar was to kill him and end all chance of him getting close to a throne. Although the method may seem, at first glance, evil, cruel and unnecessary, Brutus felt everything he was doing was for the good of the Senate, Rome and her people. While having good intentions, Brutus' actions only served to fuel the one thing he was trying to avoid. It pushed Rome over the edge by turning Antony and Octavius against them. It drove Rome into a civil war which would last around 7 years and led to the death of him. ...read more.

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This is shown in Caesar's famous but misquoted line: "Et tu Brute? Then fall Caesar!" Et tu in Latin means "And you?" meaning that Caesar was surprised at the actions of Brutus but, the part "Then fall Caesar!", was never said but was added in by Shakespeare to make the characters feelings more obvious. These feelings were that, if Caesar's loving friend, Brutus, was trying to kill him then, maybe, it was the right thing. It was at this point Caesar stopped fighting, fell to the ground and died. Straight after this, a slave of Mark Antony comes to ask if his master can speak to Brutus and if he would be safe. Brutus allows this despite being told by the other members that this is a terrible idea, especially if Antony comes out alive at the end. This would be shown in the line said by Cassius: "But yet I have a mind That fears him much; and my misgiving still Falls shrewdly" This leads into another mistake by Brutus. His arrogance is shown once more. In the aftermath of the murder, Brutus shows this trait which further destroys the idea of the "Noblest Roman of them all." ...read more.

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The final battle took place at Philippi where both sides faced each other. The battle went badly for Brutus and Cassius and resulted in Cassius killing himself in Act 5 scene 3 with help from one of his soldiers. Upon hearing this news, Brutus does what is seen as one of the noblest deaths in the Roman tradition. He killed himself next to his friend Cassius in At 5 scene 5: "Farewell good Strato. Caesar Now be still; I killed not thee with half so good a will" It is then that he falls on his side and pulls back the possibility of being noble and gaining the respect of Antony who finds the bodies and says: This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He only, in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. I do believe that Antony's assessment of Brutus being the noblest roman of them all is an accurate one as, although he does show some naivety in his dreams of a Rome governed by the senate, he does show great courage and single mindedness in achieving that goal. These traits that Brutus showed were truly worthy of the title "Noblest Roman of them all." ...read more.

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