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An exploration of Brutus's character and his involvement in the assassination plot in "Julius Caesar."

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Brutus is portrayed as a noble and honorable man who values Rome's well-being above all else. Despite his friendship with Caesar, he joins the assassination plot believing it is necessary to prevent Caesar's rise to tyranny. His internal conflict and sense of duty to Rome drive his involvement, highlighting his tragic flaw of being easily manipulated by others.

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In Julius Caesar, who is Brutus?

I believe your question refers to Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and I have moved it accordingly.

Brutus is one of the major characters in Julius Caesar. He is a Roman aristocrat who happens to be a good friend of Julius Caesar but is persuaded by another Roman aristocrat, Cassius, to become the leader of a conspiracy to assassinate Caesar to prevent him from becoming a king or emperor, as he evidently is scheming to do.

A complete description of Brutus is to be found in eNotes Study Guide under the topic of "Character Analysis." It includes this passage:

Brutus is a Roman nobleman who plays a prominent role in the conspiracy against Caesar. The primary issues surrounding Brutus's character are his idealism and devotion to the principle of republicanism, his political judgment, his motives for joining the conspiracy, and his role as a tragic hero. Brutus is typically viewed as a noble man, although some argue that he is flawed in his philosophical commitment to principle. It has also been suggested that Brutus unwittingly creates the chaos that descends upon Rome after the assassination.

Shakespeare based his play on an English translation of three chapters in Plutarch's Parallel Lives, using "The Life of Julius Caesar," "The Life of Brutus," and the "Life of Antony" from that collection of biographies. Shakespeare, however, leaves out most of "the chaos that descends upon Rome [and also upon Italy] after the assassination."

Brutus is the most sympathetic character in the play, and much of the play features his point of view. As in actual history, Brutus and Cassius were successful in their assassination plot but were later defeated on the battlefield at Philippi by Marc Antony and Octavius. Antony respected Brutus and grieved at his death. As in actual history, as recounted by Plutarch, Brutus commits suicide on the field of battle after he and Cassius are both defeated. Shakespeare has Antony speaking the following words:

This was the noblest Roman of them all:
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world 'This was a man!'

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Who is Julius Caesar?

Historically Julius Caesar rose to power in Rome and eventually declared himself dictator of Rome for life.  He was a great military leader.  His conquests even reached as far as what is now England, when he conquered the Britons in 55 BC.  However, declaring himself dictator of Rome didn't sit well with others and he was assassinated on March 15 44 BC.

His assassination is the basis for Shakespeare's historical tragedy, "Julius Caesar."  Here Brutus, Caesar's trusted friend, and a conspirator, Cassius, conspire to murder Caesar for the good of Rome.  The only problem is that Caesar hasn't really done anything worthy of being assassinated for.  Brutus only contends that they should kill him before he becomes corrupted by the absolute power he will lead as dictator of Rome. 

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Who is Julius Caesar?

Julius Caesar descended from Roman nobility, but he also claimed that he was a descendant of Aeneas, an ancient king and founder of Rome.  He favored the causes of  the common people more than aristocrats, in fact, Caesar’s life and career was shaped by the pressures of finance and  politics.  More in depth information may be found at the link below.

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Who is Julius Caesar?

Julius Caesar is a Roman statesman and General, he was the leader who was assasinated. Some argue that he is arrogant, and there is a big qustion throughout the play if he is a good or poor leader.

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Who is Brutus planning to kill in "Julius Caesar"?

I'm assuming the Brutus you’re referring to is probably Marcus Junius Brutus, a Roman politician who lived from 85–42 BC. He is most well-known for his role in the assassination of Julius Caesar, which was immortalized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. Around 45-44 BC, Brutus joined a conspiracy of senators who feared Caesar’s growing power and possible dictatorship. The conspirators, including Brutus, attacked Caesar in the Senate on the infamous Ides of March (March 15) in 44 BC, eventually killing him.

The famous line “Et tu, Brute?” actually comes from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, and was famously uttered by Caesar as he recognized Brutus among his attackers. There is no evidence that Caesar ever actually said them, though. Shakespeare also sensationalized the “Ides of March” in the same play, giving us the famous line where the soothsayer warns Caesar to “beware the Ides of March.”

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