Julius Caesar; A Tragic Hero

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Julius Caesar

What is a tragic hero? A tragic hero is a person of great respect and wisdom. They have a wonderful reputation with their people or civilization, but they have to possess a great flaw in character as well. A tragic hero suffers a reversal in his/her fortune, and discovers in own downfall was brought on by his own actions or inactions. The audience feels sympathy for the tragic hero, for his actions lead to misfortune toward himself and the people he loves. A tragic hero in Julius Caesar is Marcus Brutus, or just Brutus for short. He possesses all of these traits for a tragic hero. He has a fatal flaw that brings him down; he suffers a reversal in his fortune, and is of great respect and wisdom.

Brutus is a man of great respect. His family line brings him respect, and his closeness with Caesar brings him a lot of attention. He is a warrior of battle and a representative in the Parliament. He brings himself respect and is very wise to his people and himself. He was also very gullible, unfortunately. His love for his country was the main flaw in his character. He let his overpowering patriotism cloud his thought for Rome’s semi leader, Caesar. When Cassius and his conspirators against Caesar began to fill Brutus’s head with doubts about Caesar, he began to worry about his country. On page 895, line 172, Brutus is speaking to Cassius about his feelings toward Caesar. “Brutus had rather be a villager than to repute himself a son of Rome. Under these hard conditions as this time, Is like to lay upon us.” In this statement, Cassius has convinced Brutus that Caesar will eventually turn against Rome and its beliefs, and Brutus would rather be a common villager than turn against his country. Cassius turns Brutus against Caesar, and on page 983, line 77, Caesar is assassinated by Cassius and his conspirators. This all takes a turn for the worst for Brutus, though. For Brutus, killing Caesar was a big mistake. Everything for Brutus began to go...
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