Julius Caesar Final Project
Brutus Character Study
Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemn'd to have an itching palm
To sell and mart your offices for gold
-Act 4, Scene 3
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shadows and miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
-Act 4, Scene 3
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
-Act 1, Scene 2
Not that I lov'd Caesar less, but that I lov'd Rome more.
-Act 3, Scene 2
Brutus is a bit naive throughout the play because he’s so easily swayed by Cassius and the conspirators to believe that Caesar was too powerful and would lead to the downfall of Rome and that Brutus would be a better leader. Without much thought he joined the conspirators and agreed to kill his best friend. All because someone threw notes into his window and put a small idea into his head of what may happen in the future.
Brutus is very peaceful, he wants to preserve Rome and help its people but he wants to do it peacefully and with as little blood shed as he can. For example when he was talking with Cassius about Caesar’s death Antony was brought up but Brutus insisted that he wanted as little bloodshed as possible and that the only one that had to die was Caesar.
Brutus is merciful (which soft of plays on the peaceful part of him as well) because he spares so many lives after Caesar dies and he gives many people the benefit of the doubt, telling Cassius to allow them to live. Antony was on the people that he allowed to live and then allowed to speak about Caesar afterwards - which in turn lead to the conspirators down fall. So his mercy towards Antony was the very thing that killed him.
Brutus is a leader that thinks think though and makes decision based on good judgement and thinks about how his decisions will affect the people around him. He’s also a good leader because of one of his other traits; mercy. He leads in a way that shys about from blood shed and unnecessary deaths which makes in a very good leader - besides the fact that this caused his downfall later on.
- Brutus is selfless because he was willing to do anything -even if it meant killing his best friend- for the people of Rome and their wellbeing. He’s also selfless because when he did come to power he told the people of Rome that if he -like Caesar- became too powerful and stopped thinking of their well being then they had his permission to end him like he had done to Caesar. So he cared more about the survival and prosperity of Rome and its people than about his own life.
I believe that Brutus is a very strong, reliable, brave leader but at the same time he's very selfless, merciful, and peaceful yet very naive. Throughout the play Brutus shows a lot of his stronger traits, like bravery and strength, as well his weaker traits, like his naivety.
For example at the beginning Brutus is this very strong and well respected individual that everyone knows and likes. So the first side of him that people see is that kind of stoic figure that is very loyal and brave but as the book continues you start to see more or him like his selflessness in his love for Rome as well as his love for peace because of the way he wants Rome and its people to continue to prosper, which leads to the unveiling of some some good traits along with his bad ones.
You see his naivety in his trusting and compliance with Cassius and the conspirators because they throw a few pretty words to him and put the idea of Caesar's power increasing in his head. But at the same time in this situation you see Brutus' selflessness and his love for Rome in the way that he's willing to kill his best friend for the good of Rome and then tell them that if he becomes another Casear that they have his permission to kill him like he did Caesar. Around this time you also see his merciful side in the way that he allows Antony to live because he wants to keep the peace and keep in blood shed to a minimum.
Throughout reading the play I've decided that Brutus is a very good person and leader, although -like everyone else- he has his faults. I believe that he was a big significance in this play and that you could actually think of this play as the Tragedy of Brutus because of how his life is played out throughout the story and how his death was one of the more tragic ones. Also the play wouldn't be the way it was without Brutus because of how involved he is in everything and because the conspirators wouldn't have been able to doing anything without Brutus in the first place.