In "Julius Caesar", how can Antony forgive Brutus?Weren't they supposed to be the "lovers" to Caesar and also friends?

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sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act V of the play, after Brutus has killed himself, this is what Antony has to say of his old friend:

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 in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, "This was a man!"

Antony calls him the "noblest Roman" because he knows that Brutus was inspired by love for his country.  He says that there was no envy in Brutus, like there was in the other conspirators.  Instead, Brutus' motives were pure and patriotic, if his actions were ill-informed.  Antony goes on to say that Brutus honestly thought that he was doing good for all, even if he was dooming himself - this is what makes him a hero, and this is why Antony forgives him.

nymi1chess | Student

brutus can never be forgiven.

 

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