What are Brutus' character analysis for the following lines from Julius Caesar?Grant that, and then is death a benefit:So are we Caesar's friends, that have abridgedHis time of fearing death....

What are Brutus' character analysis for the following lines from Julius Caesar?

Grant that, and then is death a benefit:
So are we Caesar's friends, that have abridged
His time of fearing death. Stoop, Romans, stoop,
And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood
Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords:
Then walk we forth, even to the market-place,
And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads,
 i.e. what we can analyse about Brutus when he gave this speech ; and his goals and motives ; like is it a noble cause or ?

Please help.

1 Answer | Add Yours

mwestwood's profile pic

mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

In Act III, Scene 1, of Julius Caesar, immediately after the assassination of Caesar by the conspirators and the idealistic Brutus, who feels that "ambition's debt is paid" (3.1.90), some fear that the slaying of Caesar will initiate harm to other Romans.  Publius, the elderly Roman who has escorted Caesar to the Senate is worried, and Marc Antony has fled to his house.

Because of the confusion, Brutus feels that the Fates "will know your pleasure," but there is no point in being afraid because the fear of death cuts years off one's life, anyway, as Cassius points out.  Brutus tells the other conspirators to smear their hands with Caesar's blood so that the people will understand that they all had a part in the death of the Roman ruler from whose tyranny they have freed the Roman people. And, in his tyranny over the Romans, Caesar has also been freed from fearing death by an assassin. For, Brutus, in his noble thoughts, feels that he and the other conspirators have been his "friends" by providing Caesar with the benefit of death which erases all fear. 

We’ve answered 318,955 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question