The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar By Shakespeare

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In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus faces an internal conflict involving his best friend Caesar becoming the ruler of Rome. Brutus must decide whether to let Caesar live, knowing he would be a bad ruler for Rome, or whether he should kill him for the good of the people. Based on Brutus’ knowledge, his decision to kill Caesar was justified with reason, being innocently misled and manipulated, and the intention of doing what was best for the general good of Rome.
Julius Caesar was murdered before being crowned the ruler of Rome due to fear that his personality and many of his characteristics would lead to his rule being one similar to a dictatorship. Many of these characteristics that caused Caesar to be murdered also develop him as the tragic hero of the play. Just like any tragic hero, Caesar’s downfall was due to his own actions and excessive pride. Being the soon to be ruler of Rome, Caesar also shares the trait of a typical tragic hero of being a king or leader of men. Just as other tragic heroes sharing this trait, Caesar’s fate affects the welfare of an entire group of people; in this case, the people of Rome. Almost all tragic heroes’ suffering and demise are done with purpose, just as Caesar being killed to prevent his future rule as a tyrant. Lastly, Caesar is the tragic hero of the play because his fate is determined from the start, that he will be murdered before becoming the ruler by a group of men, one of them being his best friend, Brutus.
Being influenced by a group of conspirators led by a man named Cassius, Brutus in persuaded to join the group and kill his best friend Caesar for what he believes is “the good of Rome”. Although Brutus had worries of his friend Caesar becoming ruler, he was pushed to action by being misled and used by a group actually desiring revenge. Although, the group he joined had other motives for the same action, Brutus’ motive for that action was justified. One reason Brutus’ decision was right was his logical reasoning for his actions. Brutus used a logical approach to his decision, putting the good of the people of Rome before his own personal affections for Caesar as an individual. For example, when Brutus says, “If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more."(Act 3,scene 2,ll.21-24), this shows that although he loved Caesar, he loved the people more and had to do what was best for them, showing his responsible logic. Also, in Act 2, scene 1, Brutus explains in his soliloquy his fears that Caesar will love power more than Rome when he says, “It must be by his death: and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general…The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins remorse from power: and, to speak truth of Caesar, I have not known when his affections sway'd more than his reason…”. This further shows that Brutus loved Caesar, but could not be indirectly responsible for...

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