Who is your favorite chracter in Julius Caesar?And why is (s)he your favorite? Who is your least favorite and why? What flaws do each of the characters have?  What strengthes/ accomplishments do...

Who is your favorite chracter in Julius Caesar?

And why is (s)he your favorite? Who is your least favorite and why?

What flaws do each of the characters have?  What strengthes/ accomplishments do each of them have? I mean most of the characters, all the major and some of the minor.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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My favorite character is Marc Antony and the reason, sadly, probably comes down to the fact that I associate this character with Marlon Brando. However, the speech that Brando famously delivered in the film version where he appeared is clearly the high-point of a somewhat static piece of drama.

Cassius is easy to dislike because of his extremely suspect ethics, yet he is a great literary and literal example of cloak-and-dagger politics.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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My favorite character is Antony.  I don't know why, exactly.  I find him interesting and yes, I agree that he is sneaky.  I have always kind of pictured him as a smooth talker and a bit of a hearthrob.  Maybe it's the whole Cleopatra thing. :)

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Brutus is my favorite character. He did what he did for the good of Rome. He loved Rome more than he loved himself. He put himself in harm's way for his country land. He was a true soldier. He lost everything for his love of country. His wife Portia killed herself. Brutus gave up everything to rid Rome of tyranny. In the end, he even gave up his life. Marc Antony even commented on his death that there was no one more noble than Brutus, and I would have to agree with Antony.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I agree with booboosmoosh -- I would have to say Brutus because he is so human.  He is a bit weak and easily influenced early in the play -- but he does believe for himself the danger of having Caesar become something more than an elected leader.  He is so open and honest in his speech to the crowd at the funeral and as a reader I just know that he really believes every word he says.  It breaks my heart that Antony is such a good orator and completely beats him at the rhetorical game being played that day.  It is so sad that they all went through with this diabolical plan for it to ultimately all be for nothing.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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My favorite character in Julius Caesar is Brutus. He is a man of contradictions, but that makes him so human. He loves Caesar—he openly admits that the man is dear to him. However, he loves Rome more, and feels honor-bound to kill his friend rather than risk the safety of the empire. He is also someone who is prepared to face the responsibilities that come with his choices. Antony betrays Brutus (and the others), and Brutus is not one to cry about it—(Cassius, on the other hand, is a whiner). Brutus has tried to explain to the Roman people why he killed Caesar, but when the tide is turned against him, he fights valiantly.

In other words, I strongly agree with #5. Some women fall for the "bad boys;" I fall for the "tragic heroes." Sigh.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The hopeless romantic in me likes Brutus as my favorite character. He shows all the complexities, weaknesses and vacillation to which humans are prone; he unwillingly betrays his friend, and attempts to justify it, but ultimately regrets it:

Caesar, I killed not thee with half so good a will.

Marc Antony to me is something of a schemer himself, Cassius is a villain, albeit a somewhat noble one. Caesar is a tyrant. There is no vacillation or hesitation in any of their actions. Brutus is a man torn between loyalty and duty, and dies unable to reconcile them. Truly he was "the noblest Roman of them all."

 

 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Cassius proves himself a very rational man and knowledge in the skills of war.  But 1ater in the play he falls victim to superstition himself and he acquiesces to Brutus when he should not.

One's favor turns more easily to a character who is consistent.  Portia is an admirable character and certainly one to consider as a favorite; she loves her wife, proves her strength.  But, because she cannot influence her Brutus as she should, she despairs.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Oh, you old romantic, you, kplhardison! Well, my favourite character would be Cassius, although I think he falls in my estimation as the play progresses. I must admit I really like his skills in rhetoric and the way in which he is able to manipulate those around him, especially poor Brutus.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Favorite? I don't know ... I don't usually think of "favorite" for a tragedy ... favorite is reserved for more like ... Austen's Darcy. If I had to choose a favorite, though, it would be Marc Antony for the enlightened reason that I like his speech! I can't choose Brutus because he is so easily influenced that he worries me.

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florine | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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  The couple formed by Brutus and Portia is supposed to be one of the few instances of domestic happiness in Shakespeare's plays. There are only two female characters: Portia and Capurlnia, the rather unhappy and frustrated wife of Caesar. I bet, despite the fact that she committed suicide in a most atrocious way, I bet that she is the most likeable character in the play.

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