Julius Caesar

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A tragic hero is a central character. This character is good and noble but has flaws, which lead to his downfall and death. In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Brutus is a tragic hero. In his attempt to go good he makes errors in judgment. Brutus attempting to do what is right, yet doing what is wrong, fits the definition of a tragic hero.

A tragic hero is characterized as a good and noble character. Brutus, fitting the good and noble aspect of a tragic hero, kills Caesar for what he believes is the good of Rome. Brutus expresses his feelings about the death of Caesar,"...as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I/ have the same dagger for myself when it shall please/ my country to need my death" ( .82-85). Brutus does not crave power as the other conspirators do. He is willing to sacrifice himself for the good of Rome if it is necessary, an admirable action. His attentions throughout the play are noble, and his death was noble as well. Other characters also see that Brutus has no evil intentions. These characters realize Brutus is simply mixed up with the wrong crowd and therefore his judgment is clouded. Antony and Octavious, leaders of the war against Brutus and the conspirators, speak well of him after his death.

"This was the noblest Roman of them all" (V.V.75). "His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed up in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world 'This was a man!' " (V.V. 80-82).

Antony comments in a speech after the death of Brutus that Brutus encompasses the traits of what a man should be like. He is a perfect example of a Roman, as he is irreplaceable, and the best of the best. Brutus may be an amazing Roman, but he does have his flaws. Brutus has flaws, as do all tragic heroes. He becomes so entangled in the wrong crowd by succumbing to the flattery of Cassius, leader of the conspirators, that he remains blind to the true intentions of him. Cassius knows his remarks have affected Brutus and comments:

"I am...
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