The citizens demand answers regarding Caesar’s death. Brutus makes a speech explaining that although he valued Caesar as a friend, it was appropriate to kill him for his ambition, and that he did so with the good of Rome in mind. He challenges the crowd, saying that anyone who loves his freedom must stand with Brutus. Mark Antony enters with Caesar’s body.
A good example of this tendency is his soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 1, in which he agonizes over whether he should take part in assassinating his friend Caesar. Yet Brutus has been thrust into the position of leader of the great conspiracy and is not willing to step down from it now that it has initially been so successful. Brutus is a good example of the famous Peter Principle.