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Brutus and other senators and people of power in the Roman Republic assassinated Julius Caesar on March
15th, 44 B.C.E. in Rome. By doing so Brutus became a betrayer because he killed Caesar without any evidence of
his guilt or supposed ambition that he was killed for. Brutus was a betrayer for his role in the assassination of Julius
Caesar which he claimed was justified for the horrendous ambition that would follow Caesar’s rise to power and
thus by killing Caesar Rome would be saved from rule by a monarch and Rome would remain a peaceful republic..
However, there was no proof of this supposed ambition and following Julius Caesar’s death, Rome was thrown into
turmoil and many battles raged across its lands. Brutus’ supporters may say that Brutus was a well-respected man
who was intelligent and knew what was the right thing to do, while in truth, Brutus was weak willed and
hard to be popular, thus he allowed himself to be manipulated into killing Caesar, his friend, by people who opposed
him. They may also say Brutus sacrificed his own happiness and killed his close friend for the good of the many.
However, Brutus failed to ensure that his actions were in fact necessary at all. By failing to think for himself, and
allowing himself to be manipulated by others, Brutus betrayed not only Caesar, but Rome as well.
Brutus was a betrayer because he allowed himself to be influenced by the ideas of others rather than his
own, which showed how weak willed he is. This can be seen in Act 2 Scene 1: “I have not known when his
affections swayed More than his reason. But ’tis a common proof That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber upward turns his face. But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder
turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. So Caesar may. Then, lest he
may, prevent. And since the quarrel Will bear no color for the thing he is, Fashion it thus: that what he is,
augmented, Would run to these and these extremities. And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg— Which, hatched,
would as his kind grow mischievous— And kill him in the shell.” The excerpt shows that Brutus’ train of thought as
to why he should kill Caesar contains no hard evidence. It is based upon the treacherous words of Cassius which are
meant to influence Brutus. Brutus is thinking in “what ifs” and “this could happens” rather than observing the facts.
Had he done his homework and researched Cassius’ claim he
would had a better idea of what he was doing and why.
Instead he allowed his logic to be dictated on ideas that Cassius placed in his head in order to turn him against his
friend. Brutus’ supporters may say that he is a well-respected man who knew what is right and what is wrong,
making him a patriot for killing Caesar. While Brutus may have been respected, the rationale that led him to kill