Marcus Brutus, the Most Honourable or the Most Despicable Character in Julius Caesar?

Just look at how despicable Brutus is, orchestrating and killing one of the greatest conquerors of Ancient Roman times.

Marcus Brutus is the “tragic hero” that appears in all Shakespearean plays. To begin with, we see Brutus as an honourable person who loves Rome and everything that it encompasses but also loves Julius Caesar, the legendary military commander that has been conquering foreign lands and bringing back slaves, riches and fame for Rome. His two feelings are conflicting as he loves Julius but believes that if he were to become emperor, he would turn Rome back into a dictatorship as opposed to its current political system of a democracy.

I believe that Brutus is the most honourable character in Julius Caesar as although he does the wrong thing by conspiring with Cassius to murder Caesar, he does it for all the right reasons. He does it because he believes it will be for the good of Rome to not become a dictatorship and for everyone to be slaves to Caesar whereas in a democratic Rome, everyone has the right to speak out loud, vote for who they want elected their leader and to live the life they want as opposed to having it dictated to them as well as have other liberties that would otherwise be taken from them in a dictatorship.

I also believe that Brutus is the most honourable character in Julius Caesar because although he joined the conspiracy to murder Caesar, he still had hesitations up until the murder and even afterwards, he was guilt ridden about what he had done and whether it was the right thing to do, whether it benefited Rome or not. I also think that he is the most honorable character as he was the only character in the whole play who was acting out of conviction that it was for the benefit of Rome as opposed to how Caesar’s death could possibly benefit him.

The final reason that Brutus is the most honourable character in the play is that in the final act, act V scene III, Mark Antony states that he is the noblest Roman because of all the conspirators, he was the only one who was acting for the right reasons and although Mark Antony was a great man, he did not speak so well of others.

All in all, I believe that Marcus Brutus, although a flawed man he may be, he did all the wrong things for the right reasons, making him human, not different, as we all make mistakes that have dire consequences but we ultimately regret and change, is the most honourable character in the whole play of Julius Caesar.

One thought on “Marcus Brutus, the Most Honourable or the Most Despicable Character in Julius Caesar?

  1. I found your thouught about Brutus being a flawed human extremely interesting; and very much agree with the fact that Bruts was the most honourable character in the play. I think your post would be even better if you compared the acts of Brutus to other charcters, e.g. Cassius. A really interesting post!

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