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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 close friend of Julius Caesar
and a loyal Roman.
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 is surprised that Brutus is also involved in the
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
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 made him join a conspiracy
against Caesar which was planned by Cassius. Brutus joined
this mainly because he felt that Caesar was being
unfaithful to Rome. 


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