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Brutus : A Patriot

Updated on May 11, 2015

" - Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more " ( Brutus : Act 4, Scene 3, Page 1-2 )

" - Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more " ( Brutus : Act 4, Scene 3, Page 1-2 ) . This line holds the poetic truth of the sacrifices we must sometimes make in order to see the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams.

Brutus sacrificed relationships in order to protect the people. Some may disagree because Brutus was forced to take Caesar's life. However, we must remember that the death was only due to Brutus's commitment to the safety of Rome. Brutus is a true patriot because he protected the future of Rome from Julius Caesar and his corrupt ways.

Additionally, while Brutus is a patriot for his strength, many distinguish him as a killer for taking away Caesar's life. It may seem that Brutus is a betrayer because he was once good friends with Caesar. When in fact Brutus suddenly noticed the corruption in Caesar, he choose to put his feelings away and do what was best for the country.

Another misconception of Brutus would be the way in which he dealt with the conflict of Caesar. However, Brutus's response to this event cannot be shunned for this was usually how most Romans dealt with problems.

Furthermore, Brutus is a patriot for disregarding his friendship with Caesar to ultimately save the nation of Rome. " Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men? " ( Brutus: Act 3, Scene 2, Page 2 ) Brutus addresses the crowd of Caesar's death and further explains why his death had to happen.

Also, " 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: Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius. " ( Brutus : Act 2, Scene 1, Page 8 ) Here Brutus explains that while they must kill Caesar to save Rome from dictatorship, they must not kill Marc Antony as well, or they will appear to be cold blooded killers in the eyes of the people rather than defenders of the country.

Moreover, Brutus sacrificed relationships in order to protect the people of Rome. He took action when he could've just supported Caesar and continue his evil ways. Brutus was a true friend and died as true friend, restating Caesar's death was not meant to be in vain.

Although Brutus had to take Caesar's life, it was only due to the strength and courage he invested for his country. Given these points, to say Brutus is a betrayer would be going against more than half of the whole play. To Brutus, for saving Rome's future.


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