Title: Marcus Brutus This is an essay analyzing the character of Marcus Brutus in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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In Shakespeare'sJulius Caesar, the character I found to be interesting was Marcus Brutus.

As a conspirator against Julius Caesar and a tragic hero in the end, his characteristics were ones

that I thought were admirable. Brutus is a complicated and dynamic character because he is easily

manipulated, he vacillates between being indecisive and decisive, and he proves himself to be an

honorable man.

First, because he sees everyone else as if they were as honorable as he is, Brutus is easily

manipulated. In Act I, Scene II, Brutus is convinced by Cassius that Brutus is much better than

the overpowering Caesar. Cassius tells him that "...where many of the best in Rome (except

immortal Caesar), speaking of Brutus and groaning underneath this age's yoke, have wished that

noble Brutus had his eyes" (line 59-62). Brutus starts to take this into consideration by

responding, "If it be aught toward the general good, set honor in one eye and death i' the other,

and I will look on both indifferently;" (line 85-87).

In this scene, Brutus is easily convinced that

the people of Rome honor his name. Another example is in Act III, Scene I, when the

conspirators had killed Caesar. Antony pretended to be an ally of theirs, but instead, he secretly

planned to strike back. Brutus, who is completely fooled, tells Antony, "Our hearts of brother's

temper, do recieve you 'n with all kind of love, good thoughts, and reverence" (line 174-176).

Brutus had trusted Antony, who in turn, backstabs Brutus.

Next, Brutus is a dynamic character because in the beginning he is indecisve, and then in

the end he turns decisive. In Act II, Scene I, Brutus is in a conflict with his innerself by facing a

crucial decision: either to continue living under the tyranny...