What are some examples of when Brutus shows his Stoicism?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Brutus is not as much of a philosopher as he would like others to think. After their violent quarrel in Act 4, Scene 2,  he tells Cassius that his wife Portia is dead. Then a short while later Titinius and Messala enter the tent and Messala informs him that he has received word that Portia is dead. Brutus pretends that this is news to him and replies: "Why, farewell, Portia. We must die, Messala. / With meditating that she must die once, / I have the patience to endure it now." Messala comments: "Even so great men great losses should endure." ThroughoutJulius Caesar, Shakespeare demonstrates his cynical attitude about all humanity, regardless of how important and how nobel they may appear to the world. The best example of Brutus showing his Stoicism is on the occasion when he hears of Portia's death, and yet he cannot refrain from posing as more of a Stoic than he really is. Like Caesar, Brutus is an egotist who wants people to think of him as a "great man."


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