Julius Caesar Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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Describe one character's internal conflict and how it affects what they do.

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Brutus struggles with the greatest internal conflict of all the characters in Shakespeare’s play. Cassius plays against Brutus' love of Rome and his love of Caesar. Although the evidence against Caesar is manufactured by Cassius and the conspirators, Brutus comes to believe that the people of Rome are against Caesar because he seeks to become an emperor of Rome. Shakespeare clearly differentiates between the motives of the conspirators and that of Brutus in Act II. The conspirators come to the house of Brutus under the cloak of night with “their faces buried in their cloaks.” Brutus realizes that, if their course be true, they must commit their act of murder in the bright of day. It is for the greater good of Rome, not for personal gain, Brutus finally decides to side with the conspirators. This is reflected in Antony’s final lines of the play.

“This was the noblest Roman of the all: / All the conspirators, save only he, / Did that they did in envy of great Caesar” (V.v).

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