Brutus: A True Tragic Hero Essay

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is the story about the men who conspired and followed through with the assassination of the great Julius Caesar. These men fear that Caesar will take the crown and become the next king of Rome. The roman people had a true averse feeling toward the idea of monarchy. So in order to prevent this they come up with a plan to end Caesars life, which is duly followed through on March 15, 44 B.C. Out of these conspirators there is one man that stands out to be a tragic hero, and that is a man by the name of Brutus. He was a great friend of Caesar who ultimately became one of Caesars worst adversaries. He betrayed Caesars trust and friendship when he agreed to be part of the assassination plot. A tragic hero is someone who is in a place of high standings or a place of power. This leads to a huge fall from greatness to death. A tragic hero must have many deep complex character flaws that are revealed throughout the course of the story. They then must ultimately accept responsibility for their mistakes; along with being humbled and enlightened. Brutus demonstrates all of the attributes of a tragic hero.
A tragic hero must be a person of importance at the opening of any story. The story must then ultimately end in their demise. Brutus is a mighty man of Rome who is used to living in opulence at the opening of the play. He is not only well beloved by the Roman people, but he is also well loved by Julius Caesar himself. The Brutus is portrayed as an honorable man who is held in highly extolled among the people of Rome. He is even compared to the greatness of Caesar. “Brutus and Caesar—what should be in that “Caesar”? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name. Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well. Weigh them, it is as heavy. Conjure with 'em” ( ). By the end of the story Brutus’ character and position has completely changed. After the assassination of Caesar he was forced to flee for his life and he takes a sojourn in Asia Minor. He then finds himself in a battle against the army of Antony. Many of his men have been killed and he has lost all hope; so he chooses to commit suicide. “I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord Hold then my sword and turn away thy face While I do run upon it” ( ). This was the end of the honorable Brutus.
Brutus has many deep character flaws that are revealed by his actions and by his words throughout the course of the play. These character flaws are part of what makes him a tragic hero Brutus uses false logic to justify the killing of Julius Caesar. Brutus is also full of temerity. No one knows whether or not Caesar would actually take the crown if it was offered to him; however, out of fear Brutus feels Caesar should be killed. He believes that Caesar should be killed just because there is chance he would...

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