During the planning for the Conspiracy, Brutus made three fatal mistakes. They are: refusing to have an oath. Cassius soundly suggests to have an oath sworn by the members of the conspiracy to keep it secret. But Brutus refuses saying that if their noble cause is not enough for them, they should give up the conspiracy and go home.
The second mistake made by Brutus is when he refuses Cassius’s suggestion to enlist the service of Cicero. In the beginning, all the conspirators agree that Cicero’s old age, wisdom, and experience are great assets in their risky enterprise. He will turn what looks offence and bloody in their action into something laudable and acceptable.
The third most fatal mistake made by Brutus is when he spares the life Antony. Again Cassius suggests to kill Antony along with Caesar. He is, as the latter says, a good reader of men and very perceptive. He thinks of the possibility of revenge which is a must. Unfortunately, Antony underappreciates Antony saying that he is but a limb of Caesar and that he will be useless with the head, i.e. Caesar.
Unlike Brutus, Cassius was very meticulous and practical in his suggestions and plan. Had Brutus listened to him, the course of the events might have been changed.
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Throughout the play of “Julius Caesar” Brutus makes many mistakes or hamartias, which eventually lead to his tragic downfall. Although Brutus makes many hamartias these three are the most important. The largest hamartia that Brutus makes is listening to Cassius, in the beginning. Another harmartia Brutus makes is deciding not to kill Antony.
Brutus made a large hamartia listening to Cassius’ speak about assassinating Caesar. Brutus is very naive and because Cassius is clever he canmake 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 hamartia 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.
The theme I picked for Julius Caesar essay is the mistakes made by Brutus. Brutus was stupid and many mistakes. The first one was him even joining the Conspirators. The second was letting Anthony live and speak at the funeral. The final mistake was his battle plan. Every one does makemistakessometimes, but mistakesBrutusmade where plainly stupid. I feel the first mistake was Brutus joining the conspirators in the first place. His mine was easily manipulated by the conspirators. They gave him the justification he needed to kill Caesar, which was “its Good of Rome.” The assumption was that Caesar would eventually take the crown, which would never less destroyed Rome according to Brutus thoughts. By making this assumption and joining the other conspirators he sets him self up for many problems for him and for Rome. This was one of the fatal mistakes made by Brutus.
Brutus actually made two mistakes with Mark Antony. The first was letting Mark Antony live and the second was letting him speak alone at the funeral. When Cassius first suggested that they should kill Mark Antony, which they should of, but the noble Brutus said “Our course will seem to bloody.” That was not his only mistake with Mark Antony he also let him speak at Caesar funeral. He was warned by Cassius, but Brutus ignored him as usual. When Mark Antony spoke he got crowd on his side and they killed all the conspirators except for Brutus and Cassius (they excepted the angry mob and left Rome). This was some more trouble that was caused by Brutus.