What are the main characteristics of the relationship between Brutus and Caesar ( i.e love, trust, betrayal etc )

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After Caesar's death, Brutus states to the people that he loved Caesar, but his love for Rome was greater. In Act Three, Scene Two, Brutus states his love for Caesar:

If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say that(20) Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.

Likewise, Caesar loved Brutus according to Marc Antony. Caesar called Brutus is angel. These of course are the words of Antony in the funeral speech of Act Three, Scene Two:

For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel.
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
This was the most unkindest cut of all;
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,(195)
Quite vanquish'd him. Then burst his mighty heart,

To really understand the relationship between Brutus and Caesar, one must analyze Caesar's last words. As the conspirators are stabbing Caesar, it becomes Brutus' turn to stab. As he approaches with his dagger, Caesar says, "Et tu Brute? Than fall Caesar." Even Caesar trusts that Brutus is an honorable man as he stabs him. Caesar is saying that if Brutus is in on the conspiracy, then Caesar should die. In death, Caesar loved Brutus. In fact, Caesar is saying that he should fall or die if Brutus feels the need to murder him. In Act Three, Scene One, Caesar's last words are:

CAESAR: Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar! (85)

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