Character sketch of Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar.
Marcus Brutus is portrayed as a conflicted man, who is genuinely concerned about the citizens of Rome during the rise of Julius Caesar. Brutus is referred to as the "noblest Roman of them all" because of his sincere motivation to conspire against Caesar. Unlike the other conspirators, Brutus is not interested in advancing his social status or gaining increased authority throughout Rome. He is concerned about the future of the Republic and aspires to prevent Caesar from ruling as dictator for life. Brutus knows the dangers of giving one man total authority and is convinced that Caesar is ambitious enough to become a monarch. Despite Brutus's loyalty to the Roman population, he is also a close, trusted friend of Julius Caesar. Their personal relationship makes Brutus's decision even more difficult as he wrestles with the decision to conspire against his friend.
Despite Brutus's noble personality and positive reputation, he is portrayed as a rather naive individual, who makes several costly...
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