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A Tragic Hero Essay

847 words - 4 pages

"You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain", said by Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent) in the movie The Dark Knight, describes perfectly the theme of William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. Even more so, Harvey Dent's words show the characteristics of the tragic hero in the production, Marcus Brutus. Most would argue that his part in the assassination of Caesar would make him the antagonist, or villain, but throughout a series of events in the play, it is logical to conclude that Brutus was indeed the hero. He was a tragic hero who just happened to commit a tragic flaw.
In the first two acts of Julius Caesar, the audience begins to learn about the type of ...view middle of the document...

Ambition’s debt is paid” (3,1,91). Brutus believes here that Caesar had to be removed because it was not in the best interest of Rome. . . Caesar was ambitious. He, like a hero, acted out of unselfishness not caring about how his actions might affect him, but rather how it would impact the general population. This is shown again when Brutus speaks at his friend’s funeral. He said, “as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself when it shall please my country to need my death” (3,2,43-44). Once again, Brutus was showing his patriotism by saying if his country ever required his death, then he would accept his fate without question. What villain offers his own life for the security of others? None. . . therefore Brutus must be a tragic hero.
In the aftermath of Caesar’s death, civil war has broken out between those still loyal to Julius and those who plotted against him. With these acts, Brutus was truly revealed as a hero. He is revealed as a hero by admitting he made a mistake-- something that a villain would never do. Brutus said, “Caesar, now be still / I killed not thee with half so good a will” (5,5,56-57). Here Brutus was confessing to Caesar and to himself that when he acted with the conspirators, he was not in the right mental state. Just because he made one mistake, critics are...

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