It has been well established that all of Shakespeare’s tragic heroes have a flaw, one that usually results in the hero’s downfall, Marcus Brutus’ of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar being his poor judgement, as it is what caused him to kill Caesar in the beginning. Brutus was not a villain, but rather a tragic hero, due to his good intentions as seen by other characters in the play, his selflessness, his love for Caesar, and his loyalty to Rome.
Brutus, as shown throughout the play, was a well-intentioned man. He believes he is doing good in killing Caesar; he believes he is killing for the better, as shown in his inner monologue: “It must be by his death, and for my part / I know no personal ...view middle of the document...
Remember March, the ides of March remember.
Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
What villain touched his body, that did stab,
And not for justice? What, shall one of us
That struck the foremost man of all this world
But for supporting robbers, shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
And sell the mighty space of our large honors
For so much trash as may be graspèd thus?
I had rather be a dog and bay the moon
Than such a Roman.
In the exchange, Brutus says that the conspiracy was for justice (“What villain touched his body, that did stab, / And not for justice?” (IV.iii.20-21)). Cassius should be considered the villain in Julius Caesar, as he was only concerned with gaining power; Cassius’ flaw, jealousy, consumed him. Brutus did not necessarily want power for himself as much as he simply wanted the power in the hands of someone he thought capable of ruling, whereas Cassius wanted power for himself, for reasons unrelated to the wellness of Rome.
Brutus was very loyal to Rome and did not plainly kill Caesar for the good of Rome and expect for that to be the end of unrest in Rome, he knew and accepted that he may have to die for Rome, and...