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What is an appropriate character sketch of Marcus Brutus?

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In the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare, Brutus is described as patriotic, honorable, idealistic, self-controlled and unpractical. These character traits make Brutus the tragic hero of the second part of the play as he underestimates the consequences that arise when he participates in the assassination of Caesar.

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Brutus holds the office of judicial magistrate within the Roman republic and is a great friend of Caesar. He also has a great love for the Roman republic and its people, and this love is a deciding factor when Brutus joins the plot against Caesar. The night before the assassination, Brutus receives a letter from a Roman villager that says that the people of Rome are afraid of Caesar. This pushes Brutus to participate in the assassination to protect those people and ideals that he loves. He also believes that the people will understand that killing Caesar is necessary to protect the Roman republic. The Roman people do not agree with the assassination, and they turn against Brutus. After Brutus commits suicide at the end of the play, Marc Antony, who was Brutus' enemy, remarks that Brutus was the "noblest Roman of them all." Brutus never acts out of his own greed or envy throughout the course of the play. He always acts with the best intentions, which makes his death all the more tragic.

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