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cheyennebell92 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM via web

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Look at Act 5 Scenes 3 and 5 in Julius Caesar and the dying words of Cassius and Brutus. How does each man view Caesar’s murder?

Do you think each man had a choice other than suicide?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted May 28, 2011 at 3:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Brutus states that it is easier for him to run on his own sword than it was to kill Caesar.

There is much to be said for this statement. Brutus insists that it was with great difficulty that he killed Caesar. So why did he kill Caesar if it was so difficult.

Brutus fully believed that Caesar had become overly ambitious.

In his death, Brutus had no choice. He could not serve under leadership that supported Caesar in all that he had become.

Brutus could not submit to Antony or Octavius. That would make his life and purpose to be in vain. He had no choice but to commit suicide.

He died in honor of his belief that Caesar had become power hungry.

He died with his purpose being fulfilled. He had rid Rome of the overly ambitious Caesar.

Sadly enough, Brutus and Cassius admit that Caesar has all power even in death. He is revenged for his death when Brutus and Cassius commit suicide.

Caesar can now rest in peace. "Caesar, now be still," in the words of Brutus before he fell upon his own sword.

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