Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the most honourable of them all?


Our studies in English had taken us back to a time when Rome was at war with itself, a time of lies and cheats, public displays of murder and selfishness. This was the play written by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar. From this play I believe that the most honourable character is Brutus.

Throughout this play we learnt that Caesar had many people plotting his downfall, he was despised by many of the men he worked with such as Cassius, Casca and the other conspirators. Although one of them was Caesar’s best friend, as you guessed, that’s Brutus, he was torn between the choice of loyalty or a better lifestyle to suit his home and everyone that lived amongst him in Rome.

Brutus had the ultimate decision among his hands and had a lot of thinking to do, of course the conspirators had not left Brutus alone to make his decision and instead had filled Brutus’ mind with negative points about Caesar saying that he would turn Rome into a dictatorship and he would be the lone ruler, while everyone else would have to worship him. Brutus didn’t want Rome to suffer if Caesar came out on top as he says in Act III Scene II Line 22-23 “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” This shows that all Brutus wants is the best for Rome, even if it does mean that he would have to murder one of his best friends. To choose what’s best for your home rather than to choose your best friends life is definitely honourable, you can’t disagree with that can you?

When the time had come to put an end to Caesar’s life, Brutus had been the final blow to Caesar’s last breath, not because he had to but because he had the least amount of hate towards Caesar and did not feel the need to go rushing into kill him along with the others. Caesar had looked Brutus right in the eye pleading for help or for mercy, but Brutus had stuck with his decision and knew the action he was about to take. To look someone right in the eye while you stab them in the heart takes a lot of bravery, it is also extremely risky being in his position as he is watched very closely by the public but nonetheless honourable as it’s done for the greater good of Rome.

After what had happened at the steps on the day of Caesar’s death, we read about how Brutus had encountered Caesar’s ghost. To me, this had shown that Brutus had felt guilty about killing Caesar and was not happy with his decision because he had seen that it had backfired as Cassius, Casca, Antony including himself had begun a civil war, all fighting for their own purpose and selfish gain. This shows that he truly does regret what he did and and acted inappropriately towards this situation, and with that same guilt he used the knife that he plunged into Caesar’s heart, to kill himself and remove himself from power as a way to say sorry to his city. After he has done so, in Act V Scene V Line 68-72 Antony speaks of Brutus and says “This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators, save only he, did that they did in envy of great Caesar; he only, in general honest thought and common good to all, made one of them.” You see even Antony believes that Brutus is an honourable man, the most honourable man of them all.

2 thoughts on “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the most honourable of them all?

  1. Your use of quotes really supports what you are conveying; and the entire post is well-written. You clearly display your point of view in a sophistocated manner. I really love your title!

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