Brutus is portrayed as an extremely honorable character who decides to join the conspirators in order to preserve the Roman Republic and save the Roman citizens from being ruled by an unscrupulous, ambitious tyrant. After much deliberation, Brutus decides to participate in Caesar's assassination and follows through with the murder in act 3, scene 1. Shortly after assassinating Caesar, Brutus tells Antony:
Though now we must appear bloody and cruel—
As by our hands and this our present act
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. (3.1.175–182)
Brutus is essentially saying that, although his heart is full of pity for Caesar, he has stronger pity for the crimes committed against Rome and its political system. He acknowledges that he had to make a difficult decision but chose to protect the...
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