Was Brutus justified in his actions against Caesar? Did the end justify the means and betrayal in this case?Consider the way in which he was deceived by Cassius to inform your opinion. Also...

Was Brutus justified in his actions against Caesar? Did the end justify the means and betrayal in this case?

Consider the way in which he was deceived by Cassius to inform your opinion. Also consider the portrayal of Caesar in the play and his potential to become what Brutus feared he would be.

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smflannery | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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At the time, Brutus was justified in his decision to assassinate Julius Caesar.  He truly thought he was preventing his best friend from becoming an unjust ruler like so many had before him.  Unfortunately, Brutus fell prey to Cassius’s cunning wit and tongue resulting in a premature decision on his part.  Brutus originally wanted to talk to Julius Caesar about his corruption and give him the chance to amend his ways, but Cassius talked him out of it claiming that there was no chance for change and they had to strike before Caesar became hated by the people.  As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20.”  Brutus’s love for Rome had him assassinate one corrupt leader and make way for three more.  Looking back in the play to the information we were given about the reign of Julius Caesar, Brutus made the best decision with the information he was given at the time.

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