Et tu, Brute?
Famous line, from a very famous play. For those of you who don’t know, the quote’s from William Shakspeare’s Julius Caesar, an absolutely fabulous play that I had the pleasure of reading for the first time last year. The quote literally translates to “And you, Brutus?” However, it is generally taken to mean “Even you, Brutus?” (Spoiler Alert. If you don’t know your history) It’s about Caeser’s most trusted man, Brutus, who in the end, killed Caeser alongside the rest of the senate. It was basically the ultimate betrayal. It’s also (probably) where the phrase “stabbed me in the back” came from.
On another (but ultimately related) point, my AP Language class is currently reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. It’s actually a really great book, and if you haven’t read it (or if you pretended you did but really didn’t), I highly recommend it. I’m assuming you all know that the “scarlet letter” is an A, which stands for adultury.
Now, taking those two points together…you know how the books you read in class always seem to relate to your life?
However, in The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne (the main character and adulturess) does actually turn out to be a really good person. It seems that the Puritans judged her too harshly… So maybe I should let history/fiction be a lesson to me.
Well. We’ll see.