Historical Rhetorical Question


“Et tu, Brute?” – Julius Caesar

 is a Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his murder by stabbing. It can be variously translated as “Even you, Brutus?”,”And you, Brutus?”, “You too, Brutus?”. Immortalized by Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (1599), the quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal.

“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” – Henry II

is a question Henry II said upon hearing reports of Becket’s actions, that were interpreted by his men as wishing Becket killed.

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