Power is a thing that is easily abused. Often, even good rulers can be corrupted by their power. They start out as good people, but too much power turns them bad. Brutus fears that his friend Caesar will abuse his power if he becomes emperor of Rome. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus starts out wanting what is best for Rome, but in the end, he starts a civil war that tears Rome apart.
In the beginning of the play, Brutus is a very honorable Roman. For example, Brutus himself says, “Let the gods speed me, as I love/The name of honor more than I fear death” (I, ii, 88-89). Brutus wo
Even Cassius knows Brutus to be honorable, for he says, "I know that virtue to be in you, BrutusAs well as I do know your outward favor" (I, ii, 90-91). Even so, Brutus still believes he is doing the right thing. Brutus believes doing the right thing is the only thing that really matters. It has become a Roman civil war instead of just killing the leader. Antony mocks Brutus and calls to attention that Brutus is not honorable. Also, a messenger warns that, "The enemy comes on in gallant showTheir bloody sign of battle is hung out" (V,i, 13-14). To flatter Brutus, Cassius knows that Brutus wants to be honorable, and he can use it to his advantage. Brutus has summoned an entire army to fight on the side of the conspirators. However, after Brutus is sucked into the conspiracy, he starts doing what is not the best for Rome. Antony points this out when he says, "You all did see that on the feast of LupercalI thrice presented him with a kingly crownwhich he did thrice refuse. He is highly regarded in his country as an honorable Roman. He reminds the crowd that Brutus has done the wrong thing for Rome, because he has made false accusations against Caesar.