Patriotism In Julius Caesar

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What is patriotism? Patriotism is love for or devotion to one's country. In his play Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, he shows one character, Marcus Brutus, who is struggling to decide if it is alright to kill his friend, Julius Caesar, for the good of Rome. “To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag,” says Pauline Hanson, Australian politician. But in Julius Caesar, Brutus has to decide to stay true to Rome, or stay loyal to Caesar. Brutus thinks himself as being very honorable and noble, but are the qualities of someone who is honorable? Being honorable is being honest, fair, and worthy of respect. An honorable person is someone who believes in truth and doing the right thing — and tries to …show more content…
Brutus shows that he is killing Caesar as a patriot and a defender for Rome by saying to Caius, “…Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius. / …Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; / Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods, / Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds: / …We shall be call’d purgers, not murderers (2.1.23). Brutus tries to justify his reason for wanting to kill Caesar by saying, “…And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg / Which hatch’d would as his kind grow mischievous, / and kill him in the shell,” showing Caesar should be killed before he gains too much power (2.1.19). Although Caesar may be Brutus’s friend, Brutus still had concerns about him, and says, “What means this shouting? I do fear, the people / Choose Caesar for their king,” which makes Brutus a little uneasy because he doesn’t want Caesar to rule even though he is his friend