Compare and contrast the characters of Brutus and Antony in Julius Caesar.    

In Julius Caesar, Brutus and Antony are alike in being strong, courageous, and respected leaders in Rome. Both were close to Julius Caesar. However, in contrast to Brutus, whose sense of honor derails him, Antony proves to be ruthless in pursuit of his goals.

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Antony and Brutus are in many ways alike. They are both close to Julius Caesar, and they both admire and love him. They are both strong and respected leaders in Rome. Brutus is so respected that the conspirators know they have to get him involved in the plot to assassinate Caesar to give it legitimacy. Likewise, they fear Antony so much that they consider murdering him along with Caesar.

Antony turns out to be far more ruthless than Brutus. Brutus, in contrast, is far more wedded to honor than to Antony's style of Machiavellian politics.

Brutus, for example, helps kill Caesar (though he loves and admires him) because Cassius is able to convince him that Caesar is a threat to Rome. When Brutus, in his speech to the people, says he loved Caesar but loves Rome more, he is being honest. He felt the murder was the honorable act to safeguard the state from tyranny.

Antony, on the other hand, despises Brutus for his betrayal of his friend and leader, and in his own speech, he sneers at Brutus's...

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