Rate Brutus on a scale of 1-10 as a master of rhetoric, husband and citizen-conspirator and give a justification for each.

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Brutus is rated a ten as for being a master at rhetoric. He is also rated a ten for being an extremely concerned citizen-conspirator. As for a husband, Brutus is rated a ten also.  

As a master of rhetoric, Brutus is a great orator. He is truly gifted. He convinced the people that he had done the right thing in stabbing Caesar to death. Brutus is honorable and he convinced the people of his love for Caesar. He convinced the people that he was in anguish at having had to murder Caesar. No doubt, his oratory gift would earn Brutus a medal of honor:

Romans, countrymen, and friends! Listen to my cause, and be
silent, so you can hear. Believe me based on my honor, and have
respect for my honor, so you can believe. Judge me in your
wisdom, and wake up your senses, so you can be a better judge.
If there is anyone in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to
him I say that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his love. If
then that friend demands why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is
my answer,—Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome
more. (Act III, scene ii)

As a citizen-conspirator, Brutus is definitely concerned. He loved Caesar, but he loved Rome more. He could not stand idly by and allow Caesar's ambition to ruin Rome. He put his own feelings aside for the good of Rome. Brutus was torn between his love for Caesar and his love for his country. He cried when he killed Caesar:

As Caesar loved me, I
weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was
valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I killed him.
There are tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honor for his
valor, and death for his ambition. (Act III, scene ii)

As for being a good husband, Brutus dearly loved Portia. He knew that he could not share his heavy burden with her for her own safety and peace of mind. Brutus was troubled at having to kill Caesar. He could not even share his grief with his wife. He so desired to keep her at peace. He did not want to worry her. He claims that she is dear to him:

You are my true and honorable wife,
As dear to me as are the red tears
That visit my sad heart. (Act II, scene i)

When Portia presses him for answers, he tells her to go back to bed. He is worried that she will catch cold. He is trying to protect her. Brutus is gentle with Portia, but he cannot disclose his secret. It would be dangerous for Portia if she were to be involved in his plan. 

After Portia presses Brutus for answers, he finally tells her he will share his heart. He prays that God will make him worthy of such a noble wife:

O you gods,
Make me worthy of this noble wife!

Listen, listen, someone is knocking. Portia, go in awhile,
And by and by, your heart shall hear
The secrets of my heart.
I’ll tell you all about my meetings,
All the reasons for my sad brows.
Leave me quickly. (Act II, scene i)

Clearly, Brutus loves Portia. His desire to protect her is honorable.


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