In Julius Caesar, is Brutus really "the noblest Roman of them all" as Anthony suggests?Please include references to the play.

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Is Brutus "the noblest Roman of them all"? Caesar seemed to think so, even in his death. As the conspirators were stabbing Caesar, thirty-three times, Brutus raised his dagger to rid Rome of tyranny. In the face of death, Caesar looked at Brutus and said, "Et tu Brute? Then fall [die] Caesar." In other words, Caesar said, "You too Brutus? Then indeed I shall fall [die]."

This profound statement indicates that Caesar supported Brutus' decision to stab him. Caesar is in agreement with with Brutus. Caesar is saying that he should die if Brutus is in all the conspiracy. Caesar did not commend anyone but Brutus of all the conspirators. Caesar loved Brutus. According to Antony, Brutus was Caesar's angel:

For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel.
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!

Caesar did not love all the conspirators, but he loved Brutus. Caesar indicated that Cassius had a "lean and hungry look." His judge of character was correct. He seemed to fear Cassius and rightly so. But Brutus was Caesar's angel. No doubt, Brutus was the most noble of all Romans. Caesar died believing it.

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