In Julius Caesar, are Caesar and Brutus that different from one another?please be specific and use literary terms as well, please explain well. Thank you so much please respond Asap

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Brutus and Caesar loved one another. They were very much alike in their true love one for the other. According to Antony, Brutus was Caesar's angel. In fact, in Act 3, Scene 2, that is why Antony states that Brutus' stabbing hurt Caesar most of all:

For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel. Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all; For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,(195) Quite vanquish'd him. Then burst his mighty heart,

Brutus and Caesar are alike in that Caesar agreed that he should fall if Brutus were involved in the conspiracy. Caesar trusts Brutus so much until he agreed he should fall if Brutus were involved in the stabbing.

Caesar's last words prove that he trusted Brutus. In Act 3, Scene 1, when he saw that Brutus was a part of the conspiracy, Caesar said, "Et tu Brute? Then fall Caesar." In these last words, Caesar is saying that perhaps he had become too ambitious as Brutus indicates by being a part of the conspiracy. Caesar's last words indicate that he does not desire to be too ambitious. Caesar indicates that he agrees with Brutus' decision to stab him to death. In his last words, Caesar is saying that he is in agreement with Brutus. This shows that Caesar was once a good man. This is the man that Brutus had come to love. The Caesar that is not overly ambitious is the Caesar that Brutus once loved.

Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!(85)

In this aspect, Caesar and Brutus are alike. they both desire justice. Caesar admits that he should fall if Brutus thinks he is overly ambitious. The two see eye-to-eye even in the death of Caesar. Again, when Caesar states,"Et tu Brute? Then fall Caesar." Caesar is saying, "You too Brute or Even You Brute? Then I should fall dead."

In death, Caesar and Brutus are on the same page. Caesar does not struggle against Brutus in death. He trusts Brutus even in death. No doubt, Caesar had become too ambitious. This could happen to anyone who has been given much authority.


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