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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare is a tragic drama that takes place in the 1st century BC in Rome Italy The play covers events surrounding and including the death of Julius Caesar Mark Antony is his trusted friend and supporter Another friend of Caesar but much less of a supporter is Marcus Brutus who is a leader of the conspiracy against Caesar While Antony and Brutus are both friends of Caesar other character traits including courage loyalty and sincerity set them apart from each other Antony and Brutus are both admirably courageous It took great courage for Brutus to kill Caesar for he was his best friend He shows the complications in the decision when he tells the plebeians As Caesar loved me I weep for him As he was fortunate I rejoice at it As he was valiant I honor him But as he was ambitious I slew him p 405 After Caesars death Antony shows courage in betraying the conspirators Brutus claims he has found no man but he was true to him p 430 which shows how well liked and well respected Brutus is For Antony to go against such a figure and turn the public toward mutiny took a great deal of audacity Brutus has more honorable courage Before committing suicide he says to Volumnius It is more worthy to leap in ourselvesThan tarry till they push us p 430 thinking that he had been beaten Brutus then asks Strato to help him kill himself not to do it for him Hold then my sword8230While I do run upon it p 430 Here he shows he is worthy of this noble death and he is courageous to execute it himself Antony is also courageous for a killing but not a noble one When Antony says to Octavius we take down his load and turn him off p 414 he means to kill Lepidus Any killing takes courage
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