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How is Brutus noble and humble in the play? What are some quotes?be very detailed!

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aaa94 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 25, 2009 at 1:22 PM via web

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How is Brutus noble and humble in the play? What are some quotes?

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kmieciakp | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted January 25, 2009 at 7:41 PM (Answer #1)

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I don't think he is. It is not noble to ignore evidence that contradicts reason--to believe that as emperor, Caesar may change his nature and put passion before reason, though Brutus has never seen him do so, and then to kill his best friend based on that fantasy.  It is not noble to lie to the to the crowd to make the murder legit.  It is not noble to manipulate language to lead thought: "Would you rather live as free men or die as slaves?" It is not noble to attack Cassius for stealing and to go on with accusations in spite of the pain he's causing Cassius when he knows all along that Cassius is innocent--then to use his grief over his wife's death as his excuse for hurting his friend.  It is not humble to reject every plan that Cassius has about killing Antony, about allowing Antony's speech, about attacking the enemy, about proclaiming to his dying breath the rightness of his cause.  And finally, it is neither humble nor noble to commit suicide to avoid shame--his suicide is not noble, not grounded in moral principle for the "common good", but rather cowardly, grounded in personal satisfaction: "I shall have glory by this losing day, / More than Octavius and Mark Antony / By this vile conquest shall attain unto."

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jol | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2009 at 7:10 PM (Answer #2)

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In my opinion Brutus is noble as he says "I loved Caesar but I loved Rome more". 

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