Character Analysis of Marcus Brutus: "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare's play, "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar", is

mainly based on the assassination of Julius Caesar. The character

who was in charge of the assassination was, ironically, Marcus Brutus,

a servant and close friend to Julius Caesar. But what would cause a

person to kill a close friend? After examining Brutus' relationship to

Caesar, his involvement in the conspiracy, and his importance to the

plot, the truth can be revealed.

Marcus Brutus, a servant and close friend to Caesar, has a

strong relationship with Caesar but a stronger relationship with

Rome and its people. Brutus is very close to Caesar. In Roman times,

the only way for someone to get close to a person of high rank is if

he/she is close to him/her. In many points of the play, Brutus was

talking and next to Caesar. Brutus also loves Caesar but fears his

power. In the early acts of the play, Brutus says to Cassius, "What

means this shouting? I do fear the people do choose Caesar for their

king...yet I love him well."(act 1, scene 2, ll.85-89), as he is

speaking to Cassius. Brutus loves Caesar, but would not allow him to

"climber-upward...He then unto the ladder turns his back..."(act 2,

scene 1, ll.24,26). As the quote says, Brutus would not allow Caesar

to rise to power and then turn his back onto the people of Rome. After

the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus talks to Antony about

Caesar's death. "Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful; and pity

to the general wrong of Rome..."(act 3, scene 1, ll.185-186). Brutus

says that Antony cannot see their(members of the conspiracy) hearts,

which are full of pity. Again, this shows how Brutus loved Caesar but

cared for the life of Rome and its people...