Marc Antony describes Brutus after his death:
This was the noblest Roman of them all.
All the conspirators, except him,
Did that they did out of jealousy of great Caesar His life was gentle, and the elements And say to all the world, "This was a man!"
In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Marcus Brutus does not immediately join the conspiracy. He is a sensitive, gentle man who is a popular Roman senator. Caesar also likes and somewhat trusts Brutus. These are the reasons that Cassius feels it neccesary to include Brutus in the conspiracy.
Like all of the important characters, Shakespeare provided Brutus with quotations from his speeches that were not only important to the play but speak to universal truths.
Act I, Scene ii
Nor construe any further my neglect Than that poor Brutus with himself at war
Forgets the shows of love to other men
Brutus explains to Cassius that he struggles within himself.
Act II, Scene i
But 'tis a common proof
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend
Brutus uses this ladder comparison to convince himself that Caesar might follow this pattern in her were made emperor.
Act II, Scene i
- Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
To cut the head off and then hack the limbs
Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;
For Antony is but a limb of Caesar.
Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius.
We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar,
And in the spirit of men there is no blood.
O, that we then could come by Caesar
Brutus tells the other conspirators that they must be careful in the assassination not to be too gruesome. Sacrifice Caesar for the good of Rome.
Act III, Scene 11
- If there be any in this
assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say that 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
Brutus speaks to the people of Rome explaining why Caesar was assassinated.
Act V Scene v
- My heart doth joy that yet in all my life
I found no man but he was true to me.
I shall have glory by this losing day, More than Octavius and Mark Antony
By this vile conquest shall attain unto.
So, fare you well at once, for Brutus' tongue
Hath almost ended his life's history.
These are Brutus 's last words before he commits suicide. He feels his life served a better purpose than Antony or Octavius.