After Brutus dies in Julius Caesar, Antony and Octavius describe Brutus as honorable. Do you think their assessment is correct or incorrect?

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Consensus is that Brutus is an honorable man in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.  Brutus is the only conspirator in the play who takes part in the assassination of Caesar for "pure," honorable reasons.  His motivation is to save Rome from a man he thinks will soon accept the crown and become emperor, possess too much power, and become a tyrant.  Brutus wants Rome to remain a republic, ruled by the senators.  As Antony says:

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. (Act V, Scene 5)

Brutus was a terrible judge of character and made some poor decisions, but he was a noble man.

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