Julius Caesar: Who Is The Better Tragic Hero, Caesar Or Brutus?

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The Search for the Perfect Hero
In the world today people consider a hero to be someone like Superman or Spider-Man. In the dictionary a hero is considered or defined as a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. Though a hero is thought to be free of mistakes they all have tragic flaws like everyone else. A tragic flaw is explained by Aristotle’s definition, which says that: a tragic hero as a character of great reputation and prosperity whose misfortune is not due to depravity or vice, for the hero is a virtuous man or woman but to an error in judgment resulting from a tragic flaw. Sometimes this flaw is an excess of virtue. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare people are arguing over who is the perfect tragic hero Julius Caesar or Marcus Brutus. They both fit the criteria of a tragic hero, but Marcus Brutus proves to be the better and more fit of the two.
Prosperity is described as what makes people successful, and the things that get them their reputation. Both Caesar and Brutus have vast prosperity. Caesar earned his by being such a great general and a leader. “That comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood?” (I.I.51). When Marullus explains that the commoners are rejoicing over Pompey’s defeat by Caesar and he is angry that the commoners are in the streets praising Caesar right after he defeated him. Caesar has great prosperity because he has just shown his power and what he can do to people that oppose him like he did to Pompey. Brutus also has great prosperity like Caesar. “And look you lay it in the praetor’s chair, Where Brutus may but find it,” (I.iii.143-144). When Cassius is telling Cinna to put the letters in the “praetor’s chair” which is a judges chair, he is presenting that Brutus is very high up on the “VIP” list. Being a descendent of a known and powerful family implies that he is wanted by the Romans. Brutus has great prosperity because he has friends in high places.
Also Caesar and Brutus have extremely strong reputations. Reputation is defined as the estimation in which a person or thing is held, by the community or the public generally. Caesar got his reputation by his ability to command and take over. “And then he offered it the third time. He put it the third time by, and still he refused it (I.ii.241-242). Casca says that he saw Antony offering Caesar the crown three times by the approval of all the citizens of Rome. People usually only get the crown offered to them once but Caesar got it offered to him three times so it proves that the citizens of Rome love Caesar so much that they gave him more chances then he needed. Though Caesar has a strong reputation Brutus also has a reputation but he has the stronger reputation of the two. Brutus got his reputation by where he came from and what his family has done in the past. “Brutus had rather be a villager” (I.ii.172). When Brutus states that he would rather be a villager rather than have power, he...

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