Julius Caesar - Analysis of Brutus

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 more. This is the only
reason Brutus would conspire against Caesar. For Brutus says to
himself, "I know no personal cause to spurn at him...How that might
change his nature..."(act 2, scene1, ll. 1,13) Caesar\'s relationship
with Brutus is also strong. Just allowing Brutus to speak to Caesar
shows his respect for Brutus. Caesar feels that Brutus is noble to him
and does the right thing regardless of personal danger. On the Ides of

March, as Caesar was assassinated, Caesar\'s last line is: "Et tu,

Brute?--Then fall, Caesar."(act 3, scene 1, l.85). This shows that

Caesar would not die without Brutus\' stab. Caesar realizes that there
must be a noble reason for this assassination if Brutus was in it.

This again shows how much Caesar respects Brutus. Brutus and Caesar
both respect each other, but in different ways.

Marcus Brutus had a very important role in the conspiracy
against Caesar. He was the "back-bone" of the plan. According to

Cassius, Brutus\' main purpose in the conspiracy is for an insurance
policy. The people will think, since Brutus is noble to Caesar, that
there is a good reason for Caesar\'s assassination. Brutus will also be
the leader of the conspiracy for another "insurance policy" for the
assassination. Cassius is the one who declares this, "Brutus shall
lead the way, and we will grace his heels with the most boldest and
best hearts of Rome. "(act 3, scene 1, ll.135-136). Again, if Brutus
leads the way, the people will think that the death of Julius Caesar
wasn\'t such a bad thing. Brutus also declares to himself that his role
in the conspiracy is to save Rome. He says to the people that, "If
then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my
answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more."(Act

3,scene 2,ll.21-24).

If Brutus was not in the plot of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,
the conspiracy would probably not have worked. Since Brutus "...loved

Rome more."(Act 3,scene2, ll.23-24), he decided to be a part of the
conspiracy. If he hadn\'t loved Rome more than Caesar, he would not
have joined in the assassination of Julius Caesar. Cassius and the
rest of the conspirators would probably not have continued on without

Brutus because they would have no "insurance" afterwards. The people
would think that there was no reason for Caesar\'s death and most
likely beheaded all the conspirators. Also, if Brutus was not in the
play, the whole end of the play would not ever occur. Brutus would not
be there to have an army or kill himself, and Cassius will already be
beheaded. If Brutus was not in the play, the title would have
absolutely no meaning.

Marcus Brutus was a good friend to Julius Caesar, but not good
enough. He had moral values dealing with Rome and its people. Brutus\'
values then