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What is Brutus's external conflict found in the lines?  “Between the acting of...

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laxlove15 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2012 at 4:44 AM via web

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What is Brutus's external conflict found in the lines?


“Between the acting of dreadful thing/And the motion, all the interim is/ Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream./The genius and the mortal instruments/Are then in council ,and the state of a man,/ Like to a little kingdom, suffers then/ The nature of an insurrection.”

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unknowngirl08 | Student , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted February 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM (Answer #1)

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The main idea in this soliloquy is that when a man undertakes some dangerous enterprise,a conflict begins to take place in his mind. Brutus has been meditating upon Cassius's proposal that Caesar should be assassinated in view of the fact that he might be crowned a king and might then become a tyrant. Being a true patriot, Brutus wants to save his country from Caesar's tyranny but when it comes to murdering Caesar (who is a good friend of Brutus) for it he is in conflict. Thus his external conflict is whether to save his friend Caesar or save his motherland from the tyranny of Julius Caesar.

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