BRUTUS----- A supporter of the republic who
believes strongly in a government guided by the votes of senators. While Brutus
loves Caesar as a friend, he opposes the ascension of any single man to the
position of dictator, and he fears that Caesar aspires to such power. Brutus’s
inflexible sense of honor makes it easy for Caesar’s enemies to manipulate him
into believing that Caesar must die in order to preserve the republic. While
the other conspirators act out of envy and rivalry, only Brutus truly believes
that Caesar’s death will benefit Rome. Unlike Caesar, Brutus is able to
separate completely his public life from his private life; by giving priority
to matters of state, he epitomizes Roman virtue. Torn between his loyalty to
Caesar and his allegiance to the state, Brutus becomes the tragic hero of the
JULIUS CAESAR----- A great Roman general and senator, recently returned to
Rome in triumph after a successful military campaign. While his good friend
Brutus worries that Caesar may aspire to dictatorship over the Roman republic,
Caesar seems to show no such inclination, declining the crown several times.
Yet while Caesar may not be unduly power-hungry, he does possess his share of
flaws. He is unable to separate his public life from his private life, and,
seduced by the populace’s increasing idealization and idolization of his image,
he ignores ill omens and threats against his life, believing himself as eternal
as the North Star.
CALPURNIA---- Caesar’s wife. Calpurnia invests great authority in omens and portents. She
warns Caesar against going to the Senate on the Ides of March, since she has
had terrible nightmares and heard reports of many bad omens. Nevertheless,
Caesar’s ambition ultimately causes him to disregard her advice.