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William Shakespeare has occupied a lofty position for his extraordinary characterization. His characters are unforgettable. Marcus Brutus is such a character in the play, Julius Caesar. Brutus is recognized by everybody in Rome as a noble-minded man. Casca says that Brutus stands high in all the people's hearts. Brutus's participation in the conspiration against Caesar would make the assassination of Caesar appear to be a noble deed.

In a soliloquy, Cassius himself says that Brutus is s man of a noble character though he can be misled and lured into a wrong path. At the end of the play, Antony pays a high tribute to Brutus by saying that Brutus was the noblest of all the Romans who joined the conspiracy against Caesar. Brutus is not gamesome. He lacks some part of that quick spirit that is in Antony. He is not a sportsmanlike Antony. Even he is not interested in watching the games which are going to be held as part of the celebrations of the Lupercalia. We soon learn that the conflict in his mind is betting his love for Caesar and his love for freedom. He values honor even more than he fears death. He is an idealist. Being an idealist and a visionary with little knowledge of practical realities, he fails as a statesman and as a military leader. Brutus is an unselfish man. He joins the conspiracy against Caesar because of his profound and real love of freedom and republicanism. He is very close to Caesar. He feels a deep affection for Caesar. Caesar seems to Brutus to be well on the way to becoming a dictator and a tyrant. Brutus's motives in joining the conspiracy are therefore totally unselfish. Brutus is s philosopher and an idealistic philosopher. Brutus lives in the world of ideas and ideals. Brutus proves a failure both as a conspirator and as a military leader.

To sum up, we can say that Brutus is morally far superior to Cassius. For politicians and military leaders, morality is not the chief consideration. Brutus had not taken up the responsibility to lead the conspirators.


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