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by William Shakespeare

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What is Brutus's internal or inner conflict in Julius Caesar?

Brutus's internal conflict concerns whether to assassinate Julius Caesar and defend Rome from his potential tyranny or remain Caesar's loyal friend and suppress his negative emotions towards his growing popularity. He feels a great deal of struggle regarding the choice to join the conspirators or stay faithful to the emperor.

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In Shakespeare's classic play Julius Caesar, Brutus is depicted as a noble, stoic man who struggles with the decision to join the conspirators against Julius Caesar or passively watch as Caesar continues to gain unchecked authority. Caesar's ascent threatens the Republic.

At the beginning of the play, Cassius approaches Brutus and appeals to his honorable nature. Cassius states that Julius Caesar is nothing more than a fallible human who would tyrannize Rome if given the chance. Cassius recognizes that Brutus is a respected, popular individual and needs his support to successfully assassinate Caesar. Brutus is moved by Cassius's words and begins contemplating joining the conspirators.

In act two, scene one, Brutus reveals his conflicted emotions and internal conflict during his soliloquy by stating,

It must be by his [Julius Caesar's] death; and, for my part,
I know no personal cause to spurn at him,
But for the general... T
he abuse of greatness is when it disjoins
Remorse from power, and —...

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