Was Brutus Justified?

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One of the most controversial topics that relates to the famous William Shakespeare play, Julius Caesar, is whether or not Brutus was justified. Brutus, who considered Caesar a dear friend whom he loved very much, decided to join a conspiracy that planned to kill him. Harold Bloom, a very well known critic of the works of Shakespeare, states that “In his death speech, Brutus moves us when he rejoices that "in all my life / I found no man but he was true to me." But then we reflect that Brutus, of all the conspirators, was most untrue to Caesar…” (Bloom). However, despite being a conspirator against Caesar, Brutus has many reasons why he acted the way he did. Cassius, on the other hand, has a less justified reason. Both men, no matter how different their reasons may be, both acted out of fear; out of fear for Rome, or out of fear for themselves. …show more content…
Despite the shocking crime, Brutus did firmly believe that he was doing the right thing for the citizens of Rome. During the funeral of Caesar, before Antony speaks, Brutus explains his reasoning for killing Caesar, stating “...Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” (3.2.21-22). Caesar trusted Brutus, and Brutus knew this well, but he recognized that Rome could very well fall because of Caesar’s wielding of absolute power. Even Antony, ever loyal to Caesar even after his death, acknowledges Brutus’ selfless reason for killing Caesar. He says to Brutus’ fallen body, “This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators, save only he, did that they did in envy of great Caesar. He only, in a general honest thought and common good to all, made one of them” (5.5.68–72). According to Antony, Brutus was the only conspirator who did not act out of envy. The rest of the conspirators acted for their own