This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Marcus Brutus: A Tragic Hero Essay

813 words - 4 pages

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.
(IV.iii.15-28)
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...

Find Another Essay On Marcus Brutus: A Tragic Hero

Marcus Brutus: The Tragic Hero Of Julius Ceasar

1244 words - 5 pages “A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.”(Aristotle). It should be noted that the Heroes downfall is his own fault as a result of his own free will, At times his death is seen as a waste of human potential. His death usually is not a pure loss, because it results in greater knowledge and awareness. In Julius Ceasar, William Shakespeare develops Marcus Brutus as the Tragic Hero whose ambition and naivety in his

Marcus Brutus as the Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

1280 words - 5 pages conspirators, have been put into the "tragedies" category. According to the specifications and qualifications for a Shakespearean tragedy, Brutus, one of the men who conspired against Julius Caesar, can be considered a tragic hero. Despite the fact that Brutus can be considered a tragic hero, I don't feel that he has the qualities and traits of a true hero. The first element of a Shakespearean tragedy is the requirement of a tragic hero. This tragic

Brutus: A True Tragic Hero

1082 words - 4 pages 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

A Comparison of Shakespeare’s Marcus Brutus to Other Tragic Heroes

1759 words - 8 pages The tragic hero is one of literatures most used (and sometimes abused) characters. The classical definition of a tragic hero is, “a person with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. The person is doomed by the Gods or some other supernatural force to destruction or suffering. The hero struggles against the fate, but due to a personal flaw, ultimately fails in the battle against fate. It is my personal opinion that Brutus,as he is portrayed in

Marcus Brutus: Shakespeare's Tragic Hero in "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar"

1306 words - 5 pages William Shakespeare illustrates Marcus Brutus as a tragic hero in the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Shakespeare defines tragic hero as a flawed character who has good fortune, and then loses all he has prized, leading to his misfortune, but a tragic hero must have that moment of enlightenment, that moment where a character can see that he caused his own downfall and receives the blame for his own tragedy. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is

Marcus Brutus: our true and steadfast hero

1559 words - 6 pages Brutus: Our true and steadfast hero of Rome Although the title of Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, suggests Caesar is the tragic hero of Rome the scheme of the play gives the role of hero to Brutus. Many of the characters conduct in the play demonstrate an unstable thought pattern. The play gives us a “behind the scene” look at the private lives of powerful political leaders. Many of the power heads in the play have the

Brutus: Tragic Hero in "Julius Caesar"

831 words - 3 pages The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare centers on Caesar, a Roman dictator, and his demise in 44 B.C. Brutus, along with seven other conspirators, assassinate Caesar to prevent him from becoming king. The Romans then wage war with these conspirators, and all eight are either murdered, or commit suicide. At this point in the play, the audience realizes who the tragic hero is. A tragic hero is a character in a high social standing who

The Portrayal of Brutus as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

1468 words - 6 pages The Portrayal of Brutus as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Throughout the works of Shakespeare, tragedy has always been a vital foundation and a key to his immense successes. His fine mastery of the art became legendary amongst the audiences that watched his various plays. Romeo and Juliet is a prime example of the tragedy he could combine into a stage performance. An Irish poet named Oscar Wilde who

Whos is the tragic hero, Brutus or Ceasar?

1075 words - 4 pages the tragic hero. Every man might have the capability of reasoning but certainly not everyone uses this ability as seen by the two tragic characters Brutus and Caesar. Brutus eventually recognizes this though and dies regardless of this because of the circumstances, which is a true tragedy. He also is considered a noble man at the end of the book making him the hero of the story although not necessarily successful. So in the end Marcus Brutus does shine through as he very tragic hero.

Brutus is the Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

932 words - 4 pages The tragedy “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare should be renamed “Brutus” because Caesar is not the tragic hero. He is only in a small portion of the play and does not possess a major tragic flaw; however Marcus Brutus fits the description of tragic hero much better than Julius Caesar. Typically, tragedies are named after the tragic hero, which Aristotle describes as: a person of noble birth with a tragic flaw that leads to his or her

Brutus Was The Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar

971 words - 4 pages himself, may demonstrate bits and pieces of the definition of a "tragic hero," but Caesar had nowhere near as honorable intentions as Brutus. At the end of the play, even Antony, of all people, admitted to Brutus's honor and valiance; "This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he...envy...great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought and common good to all...his life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that

Similar Essays

Marcus Brutus As A Tragic Hero

1657 words - 7 pages A A tragic hero in Shakespearean literature is understood as a noble and heroic character who makes a series of bad decisions based on his bad judgment that leads to his downfall and eventually death. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, the tragic hero is Marcus Brutus, a powerful Roman senator who joins a conspiracy to assassinate the Roman ruler, Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is

Marcus Brutus As A Tragic Hero In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

1437 words - 6 pages Marcus Brutus as a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar In the play Julius Caesar, the tragedy of the play was directed mainly at one specific character, Marcus Brutus. Brutus was the tragic hero of the play, because of his idealistic and pragmatic qualities. The mindset that Brutus possessed only allowed him to see the world and its people from one point of view. This point of view allowed him to make judgments that assumed only

Brutus: A Tragic Hero Essay

712 words - 3 pages Brutus, in the novel Julius Caesar, went through three simple steps which are necessary in becoming a tragic hero. First he brought down Caesar thinking he had good intentions. Then he realized he had done wrong and knew that there would be consequences. Finally he went through a downfall, but even after death he was still honorable. Good intentions, realization, and an unfortunate but honorable downfall are the qualities that make Brutus a

Marcus Brutus As Tragic Hero In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

797 words - 3 pages Marcus Brutus as Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar      In many stories there is a tragic hero. The hero finds out about himself and the people around him in the story. In Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero. The play Julius Caesar is about politics and betrayal in ancient Rome. Brutus is part of the senate, which is below Caesar, who is soon to be crowned. The senate wants to overthrow Caesar