Demonstrate how Brutus is foiled against Caesar prior to the assassination and against Antony afterwards. "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
In "Julius Caesar," Brutus is foiled in his plan to restore honor to the republic against what he has perceived as a power-hungry tyrant by Caesar's earlier public display of humility in refusing the crown offered him thrice. Casca tells Brutus in Act One that he
saw Mark Antony offer him a crown...He put it the third time by;...the rabblement hooted, and clapped their chopt hands, and threw up their sweaty nightcaps,....Marry, before he fell down, when he perceived/the common herd was glad he refused the crown, he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut...[and the people] forgave him with all their hearts....(235-275)
This great popularity of Caesar with the people is also what Marc Antony uses in his funeral oration to manipulate the Roman crowd against Brutus and the other conspirators. For, he pulls out a parchment with the seal of Caesar which reinforces the ruler's love for the people as he reads Caesar's will, revealing the generous legacy Caesar has left to the Roman people.
Brutus is also defeated by his allowing Marc Antony to live after Caesar is assassinated, for Marc Antony, Octavius Caesar, and Marcus Antonius become the triumvirate who defeat Brutus and Cassius at Philippi. Ironically, Marc Antony reveals himself to be the self-serving man that he has earlier accused Brutus of being as he sacrifices his nephew as "a slight unmeritable man" who should be killed as an enemy of Rome in the proscription scene of Act Four.