Describe Brutus' idealism.
you may also give examples from the acts of the play...
1 Answer | Add Yours
Marcus Brutus is a very close friend of Caesar's and he is a servant also. However Brutus is very idealistic and feels more committed to Rome.In Rome it was next to impossible to appraoch a high level person. Therfore it is not unusual that a close person kills or undermines another.Brutus was
often talking to Caesar. This shows his love for Casear. However he fears the power of his(Caesar's) position. 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), Brutus really loves Caesar but is so idealistic that he won't allow him to betray the Roman people by ignoring them. Brutus says, "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 ignore the people who helped him gain power--the people of Rome.
Brutus talks to Antony (later after Caesar's death) about Caesar. "Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful; and pity
to the general wrong of Rome..."(act 3, scene 1, ll.185-186). Brutus admits he feels pity about Casear's death.
This depicts Brutus' idealism and how he loved Caesar but
cared more about Roman's lives. The main reason he would conspire was due to his idealistic
reasons. Brutus says inwardly"I know no personal cause to spurn at him...How that might change his nature..."(act 2, scene1, ll. 1,13)
Join to answer this question
Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.Join eNotes