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Why does Brutus kill himself in the end of Julius Caesar?

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emilylawson | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 20, 2008 at 1:01 AM via web

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Why does Brutus kill himself in the end of Julius Caesar?

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amethystrose | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 20, 2008 at 2:10 AM (Answer #1)

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At the end of Julius Caesar, Brutus observes the ruination of his country through civil war.  He had joined in a conspiracy to assassinate Caesar because he allowed Cassius to convince him that his friend Julius Caesar would be the ruin of Rome.  Because he loved his country more than he valued his friendships, he joined Cassius and the other conspirators in the plot.  After Caesar's death, instead of Rome benefitting, it was thown into civil war once Mark Antony got a chance to sway the crowds against the conspirators in his funeral oration.  That, too, was Brutus' fault because he underestimated Mark Antony and instead of refuisng to let him speak, as Cassius wanted, Brutus argued that allowing Antony before the crowd would be a good thing to lend sympathy to their cause.  How wrong he was.  Antony turned the crown against the conspirators and began a riot that led to war.  Too late, Brutus realizes the error of his ways and decides that his punishment must be death.  He carried out hiw own death sentence by running on his sword, and that it what led Mark Antony to call him "the noblest Roman of them all".

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fhgurlie | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted January 2, 2010 at 10:10 AM (Answer #2)

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he kills himself to avoid capture by antony and Octavius and so he would not lose/surrender. his death was considered very honorable. he fell onto his sword. he did not kill himself after the mob scene! they assemble aarmies, etc. he is also upset (although doesn't show it because he is a stoic) because his wife has killed herself. 

look up no fear shakespeare in google then go to sparknotes, then click on the play, it really helps!

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michaelthenew | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted July 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM (Answer #3)

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Brutus was the inly nobleman in the play, who really cared about the roman republic.This is clearly shown in his contribution and his real aim in joining thew conspiracy, as he was the only one between the 22 conspirators whose main objective is to rescue rome from being ruled by another tryant, on the contray, the others main and only objective was to remove caesar away from the throne, because they were jealous and envy from julius grapping all the power in his own.

Not only this event, but this had happened throghout the entire play.this shows us that brutus was a nobleman, with pride and diginity who will fight for them even if it the cost for it was his life.Apparntly, this clearly happened when he fled away from rome to asia, and left his country which he was born in it, grew in it and left his lovely loyal wife, portia.He left the honour and the respect of the romans and fled to scarifice his life to rome, without expecting a reward.

So when he felt that he is going to lose his honour and diginity, he killed himself, because he knew that if he was captured, he will be dragged on his knees through the streets of rome without pity or mercy.so in his own point of view, dying and abondoning the world, is better than been dragged like a captured slave. 



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