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by William Shakespeare

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How does Brutus feel about swearing an oath?  

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We do know in the play Julius Caesar that Brutus is against the idea of him and the conspirators swearing an oath of loyalty to one another because he feels that if everyone is truly loyal, no oath should be required—their honesty should be present in their faces. Many have viewed his belief to be naive and even a weakness on his part. In his heart, Brutus is a man of honor. Unfortunately, he believes everyone else he is conspiring with is also honorable, and this simply is not the case. Cassius is a master manipulator, and by refusing to take an oath, Brutus is shown to be blindly following him. 

While taking an oath probably would have made little difference in the outcome of the aftermath of Caesar's assassination, by refusing to make an oath, Brutus revealed himself to be, if nothing else, a very poor judge of character and politically naive. 

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