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Brutus, a Gruesome Fellow

  • Date Submitted: 03/24/2010 07:47 PM
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“The soliloquy, in which Brutus arrives at his decision and thereby makes the murder of Caesar possible, is so riddled with implicit contradictions that some students of the play have judged it incomprehensible.   It is, however thoroughly in character. Brutus, not himself an evil man, is about to perform an act which will release evil impulses whose true nature he persistently fails to grasp.”   Brutus’s morals are not honorable, but in reality his actions are his flaw.   Only great actions and time will tell for friendships that will last.   In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus has no right to call himself an acceptable man or friend for he has killed his second self.
Brutus feels that the of killing Caesar is the best thing for Rome and his playfellow.   "I know no personal cause to spurn at him, /but for the general, he would be crowned" (2.1.11-12).   This quote shows that Brutus loved the city of Rome more than he did his friend Caesar.   It can also show that the murder is not an honorable deed, even though he thinks he is a man of virtue.   Brutus’s honorable actions and intentions can result to karma that he was trying to dodge.   “That every ‘like’ is not the same, O Caesar, /the heart of Brutus earns to think upon” (2.2.128–29).   Brutus is implying that Caesar thinks they are good friends, but in the end they can no longer have that relationship.   Brutus says this quietly to himself, in a mischievous tone, which is implicating that he is fired up for Caesars death.
Brutus is very impassionate about the murder of Caesar, which makes him lack in honor, along with the people of Rome thinking differently of Brutus.   Looking back to the soliloquy, the people judged it as incomprehensible for them to believe.   “His glory not extenuated wherein /he was worthy, nor his offenses enforced for which he /suffered death” (3.2.2).   Brutus is explaining that his extinction was over exaggerated and that the people were making too much of a...


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