Were the anxieties of Brutus and others about Caesar’s potential “kingship” justified?How do you think Shakespeare’s audience, living under the strong and stable monarchy of the aging Queen...

Were the anxieties of Brutus and others about Caesar’s potential “kingship” justified?

How do you think Shakespeare’s audience, living under the strong and stable monarchy of the aging Queen Elizabeth I, might have felt about choosing between dictatorship and anarchy? How do you think American audiences of today feel about this issue?

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With good intentions, Brutus kills Caesar. He is ridding Rome of a dictatorship. How did Brutus know that Caesar had become overly ambitious? Brutus is an honorable man. He is not trying to find wrong doing. At the same time, he cannot allow it to happen.

Brutus knew Caesar very well. He loved Caesar. He recognized that his friend was changing. Power can overtake one and cause one to change for the worse.

Brutus is well respected by all, even Antony. I don't believe that Brutus would have been a part of the assassination had he not thought it absolutely necessary.

Brutus' actions cause his country to come to a civil war. Brutus understood the the freedoms of Rome were at stake. He did what he had to do. The conspirators just helped him make up his mind.

One cannot be honorable and well respected if one does not have the best intentions.

Brutus loved Caesar. Still, he knew he would have to die for the sake of Rome's freedoms. Brutus is honorable in that he puts his country before his own sentiments.

While some of the conspirators may have been power hungry themselves, Brutus was nothing but honorable and well respected by all. He could not and would not have killed Caesar if he had not been convinced of Caesar's ambition to become a dictator.

 

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