In Brutus’ speech, what are the reasons Brutus gives for the assassination?

In Brutus’ speech, what are the reasons Brutus gives for the assassination?

In Brutus’ speech, what are the reasons Brutus gives for the assassination?

In Brutus’ speech, what are the reasons Brutus gives for the assassination?

In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus appeals to the reason of the Roman crowd.  He offers himself over to their judgement, and presents them with a rational argument. He begins by establishing that he was as much of and even more of a friend of Caesar’s as any one present:…Ifthere be any in this assembly, any dear friend ofCaesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar wasno less than his.  If then that friend demand whyBrutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer:  Notthat I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.  (Act 3.2.17-22)The implication is that if Brutus loved Caesar this much, he must have had good reason for assassinating him.This is a powerful opening, but at this point Brutus makes his mistake.  He tells the crowd that Caesar was ambitious, that had Caesar lived they would have all been slaves.  Everything else he says comes down to Caesar’s ambition.  But his mistake is that he doesn’t prove Caesar was ambitious.  He tells the crowd his conclusion about Caesar’s character, but he doesn’t prove it.In his speech that follows, Antony proves Caesar wasn’t ambitious, and thus turns the crowd into a mob.
In Brutus’ speech, what are the reasons Brutus gives for the assassination?