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Julius Caesar Character Dev Essay

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Development of Marcus BrutusMarcus Brutus, from the play Julius Cæsar, made many decisions. In making these decisions, he showed what kind of a person he was on a moral, intellectual, social, or practical level. Some of these decisions were good decisions and some of them were not. Through all of these decisions, though, it is shown what kind of a person Brutus was. Some of the decisions that Brutus made were not exactly the best decisions. In fact, they may be seen as mistakes. One of these mistakes that Brutus made was right at the beginning of the play, in Act 1, scene 2. Cassius and Brutus are having a conversation near the marketplace while the Lupercal race is being held. ...view middle of the document...

It also shows that Brutus has strong morals and thinks that others do too. He thinks that when Cæsar dies, "all he [Antony] can do is to himself, take thought and die for Cæsar". Brutus continues throughout the play to utilize his lack of intelligence to his disadvantage. After Cæsar is killed, Antony comes to the conspirators and asks them if he can speak at Cæsar's funeral. Brutus, of course, lets him speak as to Antony's request, and then makes another mistake by letting Antony speak last, after Brutus has spoken. Brutus does not realize that the last speaker has the advantage, and even extends the advantage that Mark Antony already has by leaving the pulpit after he has spoken, and then telling all the people to stay to listen to what Antony has to stay. This not only shows that Brutus has an intelligence deficiency, but that he also has strong morals, and he believes in fairness for everyone. During the war, Brutus must make a decision: whether to go to Phillipi or to stay where he is. Cassius advises Brutus to keep the army where it is, and let Antony and Octavius "Waste his means, weary his soldiers, doing himself offence; whilst we [Brutus and Cassius], lying still, are full of rest, defence, and nimbleness.". Despite all this good advice from Cassius, Brutus still goes ahead and marches to Phillipi, once again not using his intelligence. Some of Brutus' mistakes were made not because of his...

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