Brutus Influence On Julius Caesar

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Brutus was a hero of the Roman Republic, yet he was simultaneously the force that brought about the dawn of the Roman Empire. While his intentions were pure, and he aimed to liberate Rome from the tyranny of dictatorship, he was rash and idealistic. Despite his flaws, Brutus represented true democratic principles, and he fought for them. Unwilling to roll over and see and allow his beloved country turn on its founding principles, he was willing to sacrifice the life of a dear friend. Even on the fields of battle, Brutus respected his opponents, unwilling to succumb to the greed and lust that possessed Cassius, showing that he was a true Roman patriot. While some may say that Brutus was acting maliciously and wanted to take away Caesar’s position, his actions spoke otherwise. He took part in the stabbing of Caesar in the senate, however, he did so because it had to be done. Cassius envied Caesar, he spoke negatively of him, often persuading others to betray Caesar by speaking ill of him. Initially Cassius was also the one who persuaded Brutus to help overthrow Caesar, thus his negative influence could have affected Brutus. However, as we see in the second scene of act one, Brutus has already questioned Caesar, he even says that he would rather be a poor villager than a citizen of Rome under…show more content…
He explicitly states this in Act 2 “I have no personal reason to strike at him—only the best interest of the people.” Caesar sees Brutus as one of his closest friends, who reciprocates that feeling. However, Brutus acknowledges the corruption that absolute power can bring upon one. Following Caesar’s death when his ghost comes to Brutus on the battlefield, it takes a great toll on Brutus, he even says that “ hour has come”. After Cassius takes his own life, Brutus declares that Cassius was the last of all Romans, implying that the war is over and the republic has fallen (Act V, Scene III, Page
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