Marcus Brutus in Shakespear's play, "Julius Ceasar".

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"Caesar, thou canst not die by traitors' hands,

Unless thou bring'st them with thee."

-Marcus Brutus of Julius Caesar

Marcus Brutus: Naïve or Honoree

Marcus Brutus acts as the key contributor in the assassination of Julius Caesar. Brutus, a Roman noble (like his father), is a close friend to Caesar. Cassius, the leader of the posse, knows he needs Brutus to manipulate the masses and "ok" the murder of Julius Caesar because if Brutus will kill him, there must have be something wrong with Caesar. Brutus plays a sincere and honest man. He possesses a loyalty to his country that outmatched the killers, the killed, and the survivors. However, like many tragic heroes, Brutus also possesses a flaw that leads to his own death, naivety.

Brutus plays a sincere man. He truly believes that his role in the assassination of Caesar is for the good of Rome. He allows Cassius, through flattery and the constant suggestion of honor, to persuade him to kill a very proud and loyal friend.

Brutus remains loyal to his cause and refuses to accept bribes because he believes his actions are not personal, but national. However, Brutus forms this opinion without considering the actions of those around him. He never questions Cassius motives. Brutus believes in the essential goodness of those around him, which leads to his death. After Cassius suggest to murder both Antony and Caesar, it is Brutus who asks why "cut the limb when the head is cut off" sparing Antony's life.

Brutus makes decisions from the heart and to better Rome as a country, however, readers may forget that Cassius is the brains. Caesar himself told Antony to move closer to his side because he didn't like the way Cassius grinned. Caesar believed he read too much and never...