There are many people who, for the sake of their country, would betray a friend. This makes Brutus honorable to his country but not to his friend. Depending on what he thought was for the greater good, Caesar becoming the sole leader, or the devotion that he has for his country; he honored what he thought was best for Rome. “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” (3. 2. 23-24). Brutus had honored Caesar but Brutus felt that Caesar was too ambitious. Brutus also felt that Caesar made the romans as slaves, and feared for the Republic. Therefore, Brutus oins the conspiracy because he had the desire to help the plebeians.
Through Cassius’ various endeavors to get Brutus to become one of the conspirators, and the influence of others, Brutus ended up sacrificing a friend for the greater good of Rome. “Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor that you may believe” (3. 2. 14-15). What Brutus is saying at this point in time is that the public crowd should listen to him because he is an honorable and trustworthy person. This goes along with what is known about Brutus because he is the type of person who elieves strongly in honor, morals, and being true to Rome since he is, after all, a Roman.
Brutus shows true honor and love for the people of Rome. “Am I entreated to Speak and Strike? Of Rome I make thee promise, if the redress will follow, then receivest thy full petition at the hand of Brutus” (2. 1. 59-61). Even though it may have seemed a bit unclear, as Brutus stabbed Caesar, he had a lot of compassion for him. He didn’t make a mess of the body, and he as well as the other conspirators helped to clean up his body and around him to make sure that there was no mess made to espect Julius Caesar. Brutus’ selflessness made him the leader Rome needed. A man who does everything for the wellbeing of the Roman citizens. No, not an oath. If not the face of men, the sufferance of our souls, the time’s abuse – if these be motives weak, break off betimes, and every man hence to his idle bed. So let high- sighted tyranny range on till each man drop by lottery. ” (2. 1. 119-124) Brutus tells the conspirators that there is no need for an oath because they Join for the same and common cause, and that’s why they do not need the oath. He believes so intensely in what he desires to accomplish that he does not fear for oath breakers; that is if they all serve the Roman people and are being smug in their act.
What Brutus considers ‘smug he also considers honorable, even if it means betraying a friend for the better of a country. This is why Brutus considered his act of disloyalty honorable. Brutus’ intentions were very clear; he loved Rome and its people Just as much as he loved Caesar. Brutus wonders how the best power of Rome can be accomplished, and esorts to assassination since it is the only method of removing Caesar, “who will not be moved” from his oppressive and fake government.
One of the reasons that Brutus is a tragic hero is that he is very hesitant about killing Caesar. He has to think hard about what will be the best for Rome. He is the only conspirator who actually kills Caesar because he thinks it will help Roman citizens, not because he is envious of Caesar. For example in Scene 2 Act 1 Brutus tells Lucius, “Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first motion, all the interim is like a phantasma or a hideous ream… ” He is saying that talking about doing such a dreadful thing is like some horrible dream that seems almost unreal.
Brutus is the only conspirator who honestly wants what’s good for Rome. Another reason that Brutus is the tragic hero is because he never deceives anyone throughout the whole play. When Brutus tells the conspirators, “Fly not; stand stiff: ambition’s debt is paid,” it really shows how he felt he knew that Caesar had to die to help Rome and the senators shouldn’t be worried because they did the right thing. He didn’t Just kill him because he was Jealous like many of the other senators.
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 they are close to them. In many points of the play, Brutus was talking with Caesar and he seemed to always be next to Caesar. Brutus loves Caesar, but would not allow him to “climber- upward… He then unto the ladder turns his back… ” (2. . 24-26).
Brutus would not allow Caesar to rise to power and then turn his back onto the people of Rome. Brutus had a very important role in the conspiracy against Caesar. He was pretty much the back-bone of the whole plan. According to Cassius, Brutus’ main purpose in the conspiracy is for an insurance policy. The people will think, since Brutus was very noble to Caesar, that there must be a good reason for Caesar’s 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