Marcus Brutus as the Protagonist of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
All men have the power to reason. Some
men can reason better than others, nonetheless, all men
can reason. In order to reason, one must clear his mind, be completely
impartial, and understand the situation to the best of his ability. The play
Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, is the story of a man trying his best to
make reasonable, rational decisions. Marcus Brutus is this struggling character
who evades constant pressure from all sides to gloriously pull through, yet dies
at play's end. Undoubtedly, Brutus is the main character, and driving force of
the play, despite the misleading title of Julius Caesar. …show more content…
Brutus sees the likeness of Caesar in a dream, Caesar gives an ominous message
implying to Brutus not to go to Philipi. ". . . thou shalt see me at Philipi."
The ghost of Caesar, unimportant and unbelieved is perceived as a "day dream."
Brutus, not paying any attention to the dead and gone Caesar, does not listen.
In this sense, Caesar does not make a strong enough impression upon other
characters in the play to be taken seriously. In the battles between Antony
and Brutus, Caesar is often mentioned in their dying words. "Caesar, thou art
revenged, even with the sword that killed thee." These are Cassius' dying
words. Brutus's final words are somewhat similar, "Caesar, now be still; I
killed not thee with half so good a will." Their words represent that although
final thoughts consisted of the evil crime they had committed, Caesar had
nothing to do with their deaths. Caesar, although a highly respectable man,
had no more influence on the outcome of the play than did any character.
Brutus dominates his own actions throughout the story. When the reader discovers
the news of Calpurnia's death, "No man bears a better sorrow. Portia is dead,"
they realize what must be cluttering Brutus' (usually clear) mind. However,
nobody is able to discover if this tragedy is affecting his thoughts. Along
with Portia, Caesar is another thought