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Brutus harmartias

Brutus' Harmartias

Throughout the play of "Julius Caesar" Brutus makes many mistakes or

harmartias, which eventually lead to his tragic downfall. Although Brutus makes many

harmartias I feel that these three are the most important. The largest harmartia that

Brutus makes is listening to Cassius, in the beginning. Another harmartia Brutus makes is

deciding not to kill Antony. Brutus also makes the mistake of meeting Antony's army in

Philippi instead of waiting at the camp. These three harmartias of Brutus will be greater

explained in the next three paragraphs.

Brutus made a large harmartia listening to Cassius' speak about assassinating

Caesar. Brutus is very naive and because Cassius is clever he can make Brutus agree with

him. Cassius himself even says, "If I were Brutus now, and he were Cassius, He should

not humour me." (Shakespeare Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 314-315). If Brutus did not listen to

Cassius, he wouldn't have joined the conspiracy, and Brutus' tragedy would have never

happened. This is why Brutus should have never listened to Cassius' conspiracy plan.

A large harmartia that Brutus made was not killing Antony. Brutus says, "For

Antony is but a limb of Caesar." (Shakespeare Act 2, Scene 1, Line 165). . Brutus feels

that Antony would not be able to do anything without Caesar, and would probably

commit suicide. Cassius thinks that Antony should be killed, but does not argue with

Brutus. Antony ends up being even stronger without Caesar and is a tyrant ruler in a

triumvirate. Antony and his army are the reason why Brutus kills himself. If Brutus did

kill Antony he would probably of lived and been a ruler Rome.

Another harmartia that Brutus made was meeting the armies of Antony and

Octavius in Philippi instead of having them come closer to the camp. Once again Cassius

thinks differently than Brutus. Cassius says, "'Tis better that the enemy seek us; So shall

he waste his means, weary his soldiers, Doing himself offence; whilst we, lying still, Are

full of rest, defence, and nimbleness." (Shakespeare Act 4, Scene 3, Line 198-201).

Brutus thinks that they should meet at Philippi because the enemy armies will grow on

the way to the camp. In the end the armies of Brutus and Cassius are weaker because of

traveling to Philippi, which contributes to their loss.

Brutus makes very large mistakes in this play. I think that these three are the

largest harmartias made because they lead to his death. Brutus listening to Cassius about

assassinating Caesar in the beginning of the play. Brutus not killing Caesar. Brutus

having his army meet the enemy in Philippi. These mistakes are so large that they cause

Brutus' final tragedy, his death.

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