In Julius Caesar, why did Brutus want to kill Caesar?
Julius Caesar is a historical tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It was first performed in September 1599 and is based on the true events of the Roman Republic and the infamous Roman leader, Julius Caesar. Despite being the title character and the main focus of action in the play, Julius Caesar is greatly outpaced in stage time and line count by the character of Brutus, the once-right-hand-man of Caesar who is torn by the decision to carry out the infamous assassination of the dictator.
Brutus in Julius Caesar:
- Brutus becomes the focal point of the play and emerges as the most complex character, fulfilling the role of the tragic hero.
- The lengthy soliloquies delivered by Brutus give insight into his motives and his conflicted conscience while contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar.
- Brutus's most significant lines come after the assassination, as he ponders the nobility of the act. It is here that the audience gains knowledge of the idealism of his character and the reasoning for his conflicted actions against his friend and leader, Julius Caesar.
Answer and Explanation:
Brutus explains that Caesar must die because he fears Caesar will abuse his power as dictator, damaging the democratic institutions of the Roman...
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Loyalty is one of the themes William Shakespeare explores in ''The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.'' Discover examples of where loyalty appears, including the loyalty and betrayal by Brutus, the female characters' actions, and Marc Antony's loyalty.