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In Julius Caesar, why does Brutus believe that Caesar must die?

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maxapollo | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 30, 2008 at 5:45 AM via web

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In Julius Caesar, why does Brutus believe that Caesar must die?

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afi80fl | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted December 30, 2008 at 8:33 AM (Answer #1)

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The main reason why Brutus believes that Caesar must die has to do with the people crowning Caesar as king; he believes that Caesar will have too much power, and may use this power in ways that might not best benefit Rome.  For example, Brutus states that, "Crown him?--that;--/And then, I grant, we put a sting in him,/That at his will he may do danger with." (Act II, scene i).  In other words, making Caesar king gives him far too much power, and would place him a position that negated the Senate's ability to temper his authority. 

It's important to note, though, that Brutus has no personal issue with Caesar.  In fact, earlier in this monologue, he says that, "It must be by his death: and for my part,/I know no personal cause to spurn at him,/But for the general. He would be crown'd:/How that might change his nature, there's the question." (Act II, scene i).  Brutus sees his intention to murder Caesar as an emotionless, impersonal act that would save Rome from a would-be tyrant.

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jasonchris | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 30, 2008 at 6:29 PM (Answer #2)

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Caesar according to Brutus is a very tyranical man.This idea has been put into Brutus' head by Cassius when they meet at the forum in Act1 Scene2.So Brutus has more love and onour for and inthe name of Rome so since he a man who will do almost anything for nobelity and honour Cassius sees this weakness and stikes at this point where Brutus falls into his trap.Later when brutus is sure he is now in charge of the conspirators he thinks that Caesar must be kille before he is crowned(The figure of speech here-Caesar is like a serpent in it's egg which only when it hatches will cause trouble where Caesar when he becomes king only will show his true colour.),thus must Caesar be killed before he is crowned.

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