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Had he given in to Cassius's much more realpolitik suggestions, they would have bumped off Antony at the same time as Caesar and have consolidated their positions in Rome. But if Brutus had been that kind of a guy, Cassius would not have recruited him as an ally in the first place.

If idealism is a "tragic flaw" in Brutus, then isn't it also a "tragic flaw" in Jesus? If he had only co-operated with the Sanhedrin and the Romans he wouldn't have been crucified, right? But I think Jesus would have said that his ideals were more important than not getting killed, and I think Brutus (at least in the way Shakespeare portrayed him) would have said the same.

Curiously, Dante portrays Brutus as a villain because he betrayed his friend and benefactor. Would treachery make more sense as a tragic flaw?

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