At the beginning of Act II of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, what reasons does Brutus give in his soliloquy for killing Caesar?

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hilahmarca | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Brutus says he has to kill Caesar because the people are going to crown him King and with that role he would become too powerful and do damage to Rome.  He says he knows of many powerful men before who were fair and just until they were given too much power.  Once they obtain arbitrary rule, they turn their back on their friends an countrymen.

Brutus professes that he has no personal grudge against Caesar and in fact thinks of him as a good friend, but he sees Caesar's potential danger to Rome as reason enough to kill him which is evidenced in his famous simile in lines 32-34:  "And therefore think him as a serpent's egg - Which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischieveous - and kill him in the shell.

Therefore, he must kill him, not because of any personal animostiy, but for the good of Rome.

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beatboxqueen | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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he doesnt want him to be crown king because he will become more powerful and do damage to rome.


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