Et Tu Brute Then Fall Caesar
In Julius Caesar, what does the quote "Et tu, Brute?-- Then fall, Caesar!" mean?
The literal translation is: Even you, Brutus? Basically, it is the ultimate betrayal by one's closest friend. This scene, in which the conspirators in the Senate assassinate Caesar, comes after the audience has just witnessed the arrogance and hubris of Caesar, who compares himself to the gods. Brutus, a friend of Caesar who loves Rome more, has joined the conspirators in the assassination, a betrayal which is captured by the three words above.
Then Fall, Caesar means that he will fall both as a man and also as the ruler of Rome.
I would also add that the French familiar "tu" rather than the formal "vous" underscores Brutus' treachery. A king has few confidants and to be betrayed by one whom has been granted that rare trust is perhaps more brutual to Caesar than the physical cut.
While reading my textbook I saw on the side the text that it translated into "You too, Brutus?." Caesar feels so betrayed that he questions it a little even though Brutus is the one who has blatantly took his life. This showed how utterly betrayed he feels by Brutus. Brutus was such a close friend and he turned out to be one of the conspirators in plotting Caesar's death.