Describe Brutus' idealism.you may also give examples from the acts of the play...

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Brutus is the only honorable senator genuinely concerned about the citizens of Rome, which is why he makes the difficult decision to assassinate Julius Caesar. Brutus is an idealist, who firmly believes that one's actions should be justified and have a positive impact. He is also close friends with Julius Caesar but fears that Caesar's ambition will motivate him to rule Rome as a king. Brutus attempts to reason with himself as to why it is necessary that he join the other conspirators. In Act Two, Scene 1, Brutus reveals his inner thoughts during a soliloquy. Brutus says,

He [Julius Caesar] would be crowned. How that might change his nature, there’s the question. It is the bright day that brings forth the adder And that craves wary walking. Crown him that, And then I grant we put a sting in him That at his will he may do danger with. (Shakespeare, 2.1.12-18)

Following Caesar's assassination, Brutus explains why he participated in the murder by telling Antony,

You see we do—yet see you but our hands And this the bleeding business they have done. Our hearts you see not. They are pitiful. And pity to the general wrong of Rome—As fire drives out fire, so pity pity— Hath done this deed on Caesar. For your part, To you our swords have leaden points, Mark Antony. (Shakespeare, 3.1.177-184)

Brutus's comments to Antony once again reveal that he acted in the best interest of the Roman citizens in hopes of preserving the Republic. Later on in the play, Brutus argues with Cassius after learning that he has been selling offices. When Cassius threatens to harm Brutus, he responds by saying,

You have done that you should be sorry for. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats, For I am armed so strong in honesty That they pass by me as the idle wind, Which I respect not.(Shakespeare, 4.3.69-73)

Overall, Brutus is an idealist, who selflessly acts in order to protect the interests of others. He firmly believes that Caesar is a threat to the Republic and is considered the most honorable senator throughout the play. He is disheartened to hear about Cassius's corruption and struggles to accept the results of his decision.

kimfuji eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Marcus Brutus is a very close friend of Caesar's and he is a servant also. However Brutus is very idealistic and feels more committed to Rome.In Rome it was next to impossible to appraoch a high level person. Therfore it is not unusual that a close person kills or undermines another.Brutus was
often talking to Caesar. This shows his love for Casear. However he fears the power of his(Caesar's) position. Brutus says to Cassius, "What means this shouting? I do fear the people do choose Caesar for their king...yet I love him well."(act 1, scene 2, ll.85-89), Brutus really loves Caesar but is so idealistic that he won't allow him to betray the Roman people by ignoring them. Brutus says, "climber-upward...He then unto the ladder turns his back..."(act 2,
scene 1, ll.24,26). As the quote says, Brutus would not allow Caesar to rise to power and then ignore the people who helped him gain power--the people of Rome.
Brutus talks to Antony (later after Caesar's death) about Caesar. "Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful; and pity
to the general wrong of Rome..."(act 3, scene 1, ll.185-186). Brutus admits he feels pity about Casear's death.
This depicts Brutus' idealism and how he loved Caesar but
cared more about Roman's lives. The main reason he would conspire was due to his idealistic
reasons. Brutus says inwardly"I know no personal cause to spurn at him...How that might change his nature..."(act 2, scene1, ll. 1,13)

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