For example, Brutus spoke in a detached way about Caesar’s death while Antony spoke to the emotions of the crowd by crying and talking about all the good things that Caesar did for Rome.
Antony’s intelligence was very apparent throughout the play and Brutus appeared to be naive about many things.
He believes he is doing the right thing: what is best for Rome and the Roman people.
The traits that allow him to be a successful private man are the very ones that hurt him in public life.
The letter opens with this quote: “Brutus, thou sleep’st; awake, and see thyself.” Had Brutus been a perceptive man, he would have remembered Cassius telling him to allow others to serve as mirrors.
Brutus’ idealism continues to surface when he does not deem it necessary to take an oath of unity to the cause. If not the face of men, the sufferance of our souls, the time’s abuse if these be motives weak, break off betimes.” Brutus tries to cover the conspiracy with honor and virtue.
Antony effectively arouses the crowd’s emotions with Caesar’s body and will.
His final fatal errors are meeting Antony’s and Octavius’ army at Philippi and the mistiming of his army’s attack, an event which jeopardizes his armies. His innocence and purity of motives cause him to trust the motives of others.
Brutus’ major flaw is his idealism, his belief that people are basically good.
His first misjudgment of character is of Casca who he believes should not be taken too seriously.