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What was Brutus's inner conflict in Act II, Scene i of Julius Caesar?

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Act 2, Scene I, in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, finds Brutus in his gardens in the early morning of the Ides of March.  His first soliloquy explains his reasons for joining the conspiracy.

Brutus is conflicted about the entire plot and assassination.  He knows that what they are doing is wrong.  Brutus has been Caesar’s close friend. It is important to Brutus that the assassination is in the best interest of Rome.  That is Brutus' first allegiance.

From his soliloquy, the audience understands that he really does not want to kill Caesar.  He has no personal grudges against Caesar as does Cassius.  He wants what is best for the general public and the republic.  Brutus lists his logical reasoning for joining the conspiracy, most of which are based on possibilities not facts.

  1. Caesar wants to be crowned the emperor of Rome. Brutus wonders how that would change Caesar. No one knows for sure.
  2. Brutus gives three analogies to prove that Caesar might become too...

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