Act 5, Scene 5

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Brutus kills himself with the help of a servant, Antony and Octavius triumph, and the followers of Brutus are pardoned

Summary

Brutus and his followers rest briefly in the field. Brutus asks each in turn to help him kill himself to avoid capture. Clitus, Dardanius, and Volumnius all refuse, and when Antony’s troops approach, they run away. Strato agrees to hold Brutus' sword while he runs on it, and Brutus thus commits suicide. Antony and Octavius, with their forces and some of Brutus’ captured men, find Strato and the dead Brutus. They ask what happened, and Antony says that Brutus’ suicide was in line with his noble nature. He promises to forgive all the men who were followers of Brutus, as Brutus was the only one of the conspirators who was truly honorable.

 

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