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Traitor Or Patriot?
Transcript of Traitor Or Patriot?
Traitor Or Patriot?
Today, we're going to examine the evidence in Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, to determine whether Brutus was a traitor or a patriot. I'll show you the evidence, and you decide for your self.
"Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,
Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;
For Antony is but a limb of Caesar:
Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius."
Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar
How ill this taper burns! Ha! who comes here?
I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
That shapes this monstrous apparition.
It comes upon me. Art thou any thing?
Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil,
That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare?
Speak to me what thou art.
Thy evil spirit, Brutus.
Or else were this a savage spectacle!
Our reasons are so full of good regard
That were you, Antony, the son of Caesar,
You should be satisfied.
Here Brutus explains that while they must kill Caesar to save Rome from dictatorship, they must not kill Marc Antony as well, or they will appear to be cold blooded killers in the eyes of the people rather than defenders of the country.
Here Caesar looks at Brutus as Brutus stabs him and says, “You too, Brutus!” Brutus was Caesar’s good friend. Brutus betrays Caesar when he, like the others, stabs him in the Senate.
This shows that Brutus had a guilty consciense
bout betraying his friend. We don't know whether Brutus was imagining the ghost or really saw it, either way we could tell that Brutus had a guilty mind.
We can see from this that Brutus was confident in his reasoning for killing Caesar. He was willing to do anything for his country. He even said that Julius' own son, would kill him.
What Do You Think?
As we've examined, there were many things that made Brutus a patriot AND a traitor. But, which one do you think he was?