Julius Caesar Act One Questions
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When Brutus says he's been at "war" with himself, we know he's pretty torn up about something. Is he worried about Caesar's growing power and what he'll probably have to do to stop him from becoming king? Probably. The rest of play traces Brutus's inner turmoil, which is why a lot of literary critics see Brutus as the great-grandfather of two of Shakespeare's later protagonists: Hamlet (the moodiest teenager in literature) and the introspective Macbeth. This speech also says a lot about Brutus's character. When Cassius asks him why he's been so upset lately, Brutus's first priority is to apologize to his pal for being so moody and neglectful of their relationship. Obviously friendship is very important to Brutus.