Julius Caesar – Honorable Man Essay
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus, is the main and most known conspirator in the murder of Caesar, was an honorable man. Brutus had a choice within himself; he could either be loyal to his friend Caesar, or to Rome. He was honorable because he killed his friend out of the love for the greater good and the Romans. Brutus is an honorable man because he did what he thought was right for everyone not just himself, and because of that Brutus deserved the honor.
Throughout Julius Caesar there are many different ways that Brutus proves his honor. Brutus loves Caesar so much, he will do almost anything for him, but Caesar was reaching close to becoming a king, and Brutus feared for the Roman Citizens. “What means this shouting? I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king. ” (1:2:85-86) Cassius listens to what Brutus says, and prepared to build up his argument against Caesar. Brutus still loved Caesar, but Cassius’ lying and manipulating convinced Brutus to finally join the conspirators.
After Brutus has received the letter Cassius wrote as another individual for him, he decided to do something about Caesar. Brutus participated in the murder of Caesar purely for the greater good of Rome. Brutus is a unselfish man who does everything for the well being of the Roman citizens. “No, not an oath. If not the face of men, the sufferance of our souls, the time’s abuse – if these be motives weak, break off betimes, and every man hence to his idle bed. So let high-sighted tyranny range on till each man drop by lottery. (2:1:125-130) Brutus explains to the conspirators that there is no need for a vow because they associate for the same and common origin, and so they will not need the vow. He believes so sincerely in what he desires to accomplish that he does not fear for oath breakers if they all serve the Roman citizens and are being superior in their act. So Brutus considers his act of disloyalty honorable. Antony is not on Brutus’ list of unwanted men, as Antony is yet a part of Caesar and if Caesar dies, Antony’s power dies with him.
This is Brutus’ theory when he convinces the conspirators not to kill Antony. “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” (2:1:175-179). Since all the conspirators wanted Brutus’ help they follow what Brutus says and does. Brutus does not want to kill what is more than already needed. He is guarding that which will be left of the remains of Caesar after they kill him.
This is honorable in an odd way; Brutus is possibly trying to make up for what he plans to do. Not to kill Antony would be like sparing the limbs of Caesar and offering him a rapid death. Brutus’ thoughts are made clear; he loves Rome as much as he loved Caesar. After the death of Caesar he goes out into the public, wanting the citizens to know what he accomplished. All he wished for was “Peace, freedom, and liberty! ” (3:1:122). what is honor, if not the love for another so strong that one would kill that other to gain it?
Brutus was honorable in his choice and position in the murder of Caesar. He fought for the right cause and for the right people, and, in many minds did the right thing. “O Antony, beg not your death of us! … With all our kind love and good thoughts, and reverence. ” (3:1:180-192) For the death of Caesar, the conspirators believed in pity and thought were promised power, yet Brutus is the only one who defends the conspirators and what he was the only one who had actually did what was right; all the others did it for personal gain.
In Brutus’ speech to his Roman citizens, Brutus explains of what he did to Caesar. In the speech, a specific topic stands out more than the rest. “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 more. ” (3:2:19-24) As Brutus speaks of his love for Rome, and the people of Rome. Brutus and Antony have the same love for Caesar.
But Brutus loved Caesar then Antony ever could. To kill Caesar was not pure, but Brutus’ intentions were as pure as possible. Brutus believed he was doing the right thing and that makes him more honorable than all of the other men who conspired against Caesar. In the end, on Brutus’ own sword, he kills himself. “Caesar, now be still. I killed not thee with half so good a will. ” (5:5:56-57). those words were said to reverse what Caesar said at his death. Brutus was honorable until the end; instead of giving the enemies the honor of killing him, he killed himself.
In the final battle, Octavius tells Antony that Brutus was the only honorable conspirator. Brutus is given an appropriate funeral, as a senator and a friend of Caesar’s, with all the honors he deserves. Brutus was the only conspirator with a mind of his own. Brutus is a man of honor, an unselfish man who did it all for Rome and its citizens. Even Brutus’ death was honorable; to keep the enemy from getting him, on his own sword he killed himself. Octavius says the only honorable conspirator was Brutus due to his actions. Brutus is an honorable man.