Et tu, Brute?
"Et tu, Brute?"
Perhaps the most famous three words uttered in literature, "Et
tu, Brute?" (Even you, Brutus?) this expression has come down in
history to mean the ultimate betrayal by one's closest friend. This
scene, in which the conspirators in the Senate assassinate Caesar,
is one of the most dramatic moments on the Shakespearean stage. The
audience has just witnessed the arrogance and hubris of a ruler who
has sought, within a republic, to become a monarch, comparing
himself to the gods. Brutus, a friend of Caesar and yet a man who
loves Rome (and freedom) more, has joined the conspirators in the
assassination, a betrayal which is captured by the three words
above in this famous Shakespeare quote.