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inuyasha123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted February 6, 2010 at 6:54 AM via web

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What are some quotes or parts from Julius Caesar that represent Brutus' internal inner conflict ? 

Like ones where he has a hard time choosing between his friend or honor to Rome.

Mostly in Act 1 or 2 please .

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 7, 2010 at 3:18 AM (Answer #1)

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In these first two acts, here are some quotes that show Brutus' inward struggle over his fear that the people will crown Caesar king, and his thought that perhaps Caesar should be killed before this happens. He states that maybe Caesar will be OK as a king, but maybe he won't. Cassius, especially, and the other conspirators do their conniving to convince him that Rome cannot afford to take the chance, and Brutus agrees to go along with the conspirators.

From Act I, Scene 2:


    What means this shouting? I do fear, the people
    Choose Caesar for their king.


    Ay, do you fear it?
    Then must I think you would not have it so.


    I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well.


Act I, Scene 2


    Be not deceived: if I have veil'd my look,
    I turn the trouble of my countenance
    Merely upon myself. Vexed I am
    Of late with passions of some difference,
    Conceptions only proper to myself,
    Which give some soil perhaps to my behaviors

Act II, Scene 1

Brutus: Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar,
    I have not slept.

Act II, Scene 1

Brutus: O conspiracy,
    Shamest thou to show thy dangerous brow by night,
    When evils are most free? O, then by day
    Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
    To mask thy monstrous visage?

There are more quotes that show Brutus grappling with his guilt after Caesar has been murdered, but they are not in Act I and Act II.

Quotes taken from the play online at the link below. See some helpful information on eNotes at the link below.

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sudsid | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM (Answer #2)

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Brutus: "I have inner conflict"

(Act 2 Scene 1 line 47)


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