3 Reasons why Brutus is the most essential character in Julius Caesar?I already have the reasons that he is essential for the conspiracy and that he made important decisions for the conpiracy, but...

3 Reasons why Brutus is the most essential character in Julius Caesar?

I already have the reasons that he is essential for the conspiracy and that he made important decisions for the conpiracy, but I can't think of a third reason... but if you have more than one reason to offer that would be great!! xx

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Brutus is the most essential character in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. He is the most honorable conspirator. For this reason, the people believe in Brutus' cause to murder Caesar. They trust Brutus. They feel certain that Brutus would not have been a part had he not been convinced that Caesar had become overly ambitious.

Brutus loved Caesar. He would not have murdered someone he loves had he not been convinced that Caesar had become dangerous to his countrymen. Brutus is protecting Rome.

Brutus truly cares about his country and his his countrymen. He sacrifices everything for the good of Rome. Brutus is dedicated to his country. He stands up for what he believes in. Without Brutus, the conspirators would have just appeared as bloody butchers. Brutus kills Caesar with a heavy heart.

Brutus also is influential among the people. The people trust Brutus. After his funeral speech, they are convinced that Brutus has done the right thing. Brutus is a great orator. He persuades the people to believe in his cause.

The only mistake Brutus makes is in allowing Antony to live and allowing Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral. This just proves that Brutus is indeed honorable and that he was trying to avoid killing anyone without necessity.

Brutus is also the man who helps the conspirators hold it all together after they have to flee for their very lives. He is determined to pay his soldiers. He and Cassius argue because Cassius does not provide that payment that he had promised. Brutus is honorable even in death. He would rather die a free man than to live under a dictatorship in Rome.

Even Antony agrees that Brutus was the most honorable of the characters. Upon finding Brutus dead after falling on his own sword, Antony proclaims Brutus the most honorable of all:

This was the noblest Roman of them all:
All the conspirators, save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar,
He, only in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix'd him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world: "This was a man!"
(V.v.68-75).

Without Brutus, Caesar's murder would have seemed like a bloody desire to kill a leader. Brutus explains so eloquently why Caesar had to die. Brutus justifies Caesar's death. He appears noble in his cause. After all, he loved Caesar but he loved Rome more.

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