I'm writing an essay in response to a question which asks, "What type of leader is Brutus?" I'm arguing that Brutus is a bad leader and I need supporting evidence to show this. What are some quotes that illustrate how Brutus is a bad leader?

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After re-evaluating the play, however, and especially the character of Brutus, I'd like to add to my above answer. One could view Brutus as a bad leader in at least one way (and indeed probably more ways, as he is a complex and tragic character). In fact, the very trait...

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After re-evaluating the play, however, and especially the character of Brutus, I'd like to add to my above answer. One could view Brutus as a bad leader in at least one way (and indeed probably more ways, as he is a complex and tragic character). In fact, the very trait that makes Brutus a good leader - his honorable idealism - is also the very thing that could make him a bad leader. For instance, while Brutus is galvanized to kill Caesar to protect the Roman people, he fails to realize that the letter might be forged (which it is) in an attempt to secure his participation in the plot and lend the conspiracy some extra legitimacy. Thus, Brutus fails as a leader because he naively fails to realize that not everyone is as honorable as he is, and so he does not take the steps necessary to ensure that his actions are truly merited. As it is, Brutus can be seen as a bad leader because his hasty desire to protect democracy leads him to set in motion a series of events that embroils Rome in a civil war and, ironically, leads to a monarchical government anyways. 

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It's interesting that you would declare Brutus to be a bad leader, because I think there is more textual evidence that point to him being a good leader than a bad one. Indeed, Brutus is an honorable man who loves both Rome and Caesar, but who is drawn into the conspiracy to kill Caesar against his will in an attempt to protect the representational government of the Roman state. As such, I would advise you to consider arguing that Brutus is a good leader.

A couple of quotes support this evaluation of Brutus. One occurs in Act 2, Scene 1, in which Brutus receives a fake letter from the citizens of Rome looking for his help:

'Brutus, thou sleep'st. Awake, and see thyself.

Shall Rome, etc. Speak, strike, redress!

Brutus, thou sleep'st; awake!' (46-8)

This quote displays a Roman populace in peril (or, to be more accurate, the appearance of a Roman populace in peril; the letter itself is a forgery), and it is the force that finally moves the reluctant Brutus to join the conspiracy to kill Caesar. As such, he will only act violently if he thinks it necessary to protect the people of Rome.

Another good quote occurs during Brutus' funeral speech in Act 3, Scene 2, in which Brutus declares that "Not that I lov'd Caesar less, but that I lov'd Rome more" (22-3). In making this claim, Brutus says that he didn't kill Caesar because he hated Caesar; rather, he killed Caesar to protect Rome from an autocrat.

All in all, these quotes show Brutus to be a rather good leader: he's selfless, cares deeply about his countrymen, and will only use force when absolutely necessary. As such, I would suggest you use these quotes to explore the notion of Brutus as a good leader.

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