Explore the way Shakespeare presents the motives for Brutus to kill Caesar

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Finlay Simpson

Explore the way Shakespeare presents the motives for Brutus to kill Caesar

Shakespeare has presented Brutus as a brave courageous man who is very loyal and patriotic to Rome. Brutus even claims he would rather die and lose his honour that see Rome collapse. “If it ought to be for general good, I’d set honour in one eye and death I’th other I will look on both indifferently”. Shakespeare presents him as a man so loyal to Rome he would kill a man he loves, Caesar, for it.

Cassius tries to convince Brutus that Caesar is not physically strong enough, and is weaker than Cassius and Brutus. Brutus replies “What you have said I will consider”. Cassius has manipulated Brutus but not by a lot because Brutus was already thinking this for himself and Cassius was merely pushing his thoughts further along.

Shakespeare makes sure that Brutus is not there to see Caesar be offered the crown. This means that Casca has to tell him what happened. We believed that Casca twists the story of Caesar refusing crown, although we have no proof that Casca has twisted it we believe he does because he say Caesar would “ fain have had it” but we think Caesar truly didn’t want the crown.

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In act two; scene one Brutus is presented a man with a conscience. We believe this because he cannot sleep, ‘Since Cassius did whet me against Caesar, I have not slept’. Because he is thinking about Caesar to much showing he has conscience and won’t just kill Caesar because he can. Shakespeare presents this scene in the dark alone in Brutus’s garden to create an eerie effect making it tense too. Shakespeare presents it in the garden so it is a bit like the Garden of Eden with the temptation of killing Caesar.

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