What are character traits of Othello and Brutus from the Shakespearian plays Othello and Julius Caesar?
Othello, from the Shakespearian play of the same name, is a brave soldier. He is a leader, the commander of the Venetian armed forces, a "noble and imposing man." Othello is a Moor, and is thus an outsider, and the fact that he has risen to such prominence in the military establishment of Venice in his time is testimony to his prowess and capability as a warrior and a leader. In addition to the respect he commands in his chosen profession, Othello wins the heart of the beautiful and charming Desdemona. He is a complex character, seemingly indestructable but ultimately vulnerable and quite fallible, as he is duped by the evil Iago into believing that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him. Overcome with rage and jealousy, Othello kills his innocent wife, committing a fatal error which eventually results in his own death by suicide.
Brutus, from the play Julius Caesar, also written by Shakespeare, is a Roman nobleman. Brutus is arguably the main character in the play, despite its title which indicates the contrary. Brutus is an idealistic man, completely committed to the principle of republicanism. He plots against Caesar because he believes the ruler will not promote the public good. Despite his sincerity, and his reputation as a competent military leader, Brutus's judgement is often flawed, and like Othello's, leads to his downfall. He spares Marc Antony, believing that he is not a threat, and allows him to address the people in the aftermath of Caesar's assassination. The result of this is a drive to avenge Caesar's death led by Marc Antony, which leads to Brutus's demise.