Caesar Vs Brutus




Throughout history Marcus Brutus has been blamed for the death of Caesar and

ultimate downfall of Rome; upon taking a closer look Burtus is not entirely to

blame. Brutuses actions were based only for good of Rome, and even then he was acting

on the false letters that were sent to him by Cassius. It can also be said the Cassius was as

much to blame as Brutus, after all he was the one sending the fake letters to him. But

most unlikely of all people, it was Julius Caesar that caused his own death.

Brutus was a loyal and trusted friend of Caesar\'s and also one of the main players

in the assassination of Julius Caesar. He was also the only one of that bunch the was

doing it for the good of Rome. The thought of the demise of Rome was so great, Burtus

was willing to kill a friend for no personal reason; "I have no personal reason to spurn at

him, but for the General" (II,i,10-14). He once compared him to a "serpent\'s egg"(II,i,32)

because the egg starts out harmless, but after time it hatches and eventually grows

mischievous. In his eyes it was better to kill it in the egg before it could do any damage.

On the other, hand Cassius only had one reason for killing Julius Caesar. He was

jealous and thought he was better than Caesar:

"For once upon a raw and gusty day,

The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores,

Caesar said to me "Darest thou, Cassius, now

Leap in with me into this angry flood,

And swim to yonder point?" Upon the word




Accuot\'red as I was, I plunged in

And bade him follow: so indeed he did.

The torrent roared, and we did buffet it

With lusty sinews, throwing it aside

And stemming it with hearts of controversy.

But ere we could arrive the point proposed

Caesar cried "Help me, Cassius, or I sink!"

I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor,

Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder

The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber

Did I the tired Caesar. And this man

Is now become a god, and Cassius is

A wretched creature, and must bend his body

If Caesar carelessly but nod on him.

He had a fever when he was in Spain,

And when the fit was on him, I did mark

How he did shake: \'tis true, this god did shake.

His coward lips did from their fly,

And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world

Did lose his luster: I did hear his groan;

Ay, and that tongue of his that bade the Romans




Mark him and write his speeches in their books,

Alas, it cried " Give me some drink, Titinius,"

As a sick girl. Ye gods! It doth amaze me,

A man of such feeble temper should

So get the start of the majestic world,

and bear the palm alone."(I,ii,100-132).

In actuality he paled in comparison to Caesar. Whenever things did not look his way, his

solution was suicide(V,iii,46). He was so jealous of Caesar he even used the

same sword that killed Caesar to kill himself.

But it was infact Caesar himself that caused his own demise. He grew too

powerful, and arrogant. He was too high and mighty to catch on to the plan. There were

even people like Artemidorus that tried to warn him about his assassination (I,ii,23)

(II,iiii,1-15). He was also very indecisive, for example he changed his mind three times

when he was deciding whether to go to the Senate House.

In conclusion, it is not fair to put all the blame on Brutus(the only one with good

intentions) because there were many others that played a part in the death of Julius Caesar.

If any other person was put in Burtuses place, they would have done the same thing. The

way it would have tuned out would have been different, because Brutus made many bad

decisions (partly because he was not very political). There were also many other factors

you have to add in. So one person, no matter who it is, could not be responsible. So,

while history may blame Brutus, history is far from the truth.


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