Does Brutus “qualify” as a tragic hero?
Marcus Brutus does qualify as the tragic hero in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. A tragic hero is a good or even great man and thus wins our sympathy causing catharsis. A tragic hero displays hamartia— the hero makes a mistake causing the downfall of his fortune. A tragic hero usually brings suffering and death to other characters, even a whole country. Finally, a tragic hero goes into a situation in which there is no getting out of because of the decisions he has made. Marcus Brutus has many characteristics of a tragic hero thus making him the tragic hero in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is a good, even great man and thus wins our sympathy causing catharsis. Brutus is very proud of his reputation for honour and nobleness; he would do anything if he believes the right reasons are behind it. Brutus makes moral decisions very slowly; he is constantly at war with himself even after he has decided on a course of action. He has been thinking about the problem that Caesar represents to Roman liberty for an unspecified time when the play opens. After Cassius raises the subject and asks for Brutus' commitment to join the conspiracy, he requests time to think the matter over, and a month later, speaking alone in his orchard, he reveals that he has since thought of anything else causing the audience to feel catharsis towards him. Brutus is the tragic hero of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar because he displays hamartia. Brutus made many mistakes which lead to the downfall of his fortune. Some examples of his mistakes were, when he thought it was a good idea to come out of the capital with Julius Caesar’s blood smeared on his arms all the way up to his elbows yelling “Peace, Freedom, and Liberty”, which indeed it wasn’t because Caesar was someone that the Roman citizens looked up to as their hero/leader, so it was horrifying for the Roman citizens to see the...
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