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Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Brutus Tragic Hero

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In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Brutus is the tragic hero for many reasons. Brutus' character is noble, loyal, and honest. In the play Brutus is forced to make a difficult choice between killing Caesar, the ruler of Rome, to save Rome or to stay loyal to Caesar and let him live. Even when he stabs Caesar he is noble because he was doing it for the citizens of Rome.

One of the reasons that Brutus is a tragic hero, is that he is very hesitant about killing Caesar. He has to think hard about what will be the best for Rome. He is the only conspirator who actually kills Caesar because he thinks it will help Roman citizens, not because he is envious of Caesar. For example in Scene 2 Act 1 Brutus tells Lucius, "Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first motion, all the interim is like a phantasma, or a hideous dream..." He is saying that talking about doing such a dreadful thing is like some horrible dream that seems almost unreal. Brutus is the only conspirator who honestly wants what's good for Rome.

Another reason that Brutus is the tragic hero is because he never deceives anyone throughout the whole play. Even in Act 3 Scene 1, when the conspirators stab Caesar, Brutus shows his loyalty to Rome. He may seem like a bad person to the Roman citizens, but the only reason he killed Caesar was for their benefit. When Brutus tells the conspirators, "Fly not; stand stiff: ambition's debt is paid," That statement really shows how he felt he knew that Caesar had to die to help Rome and the senators shouldn't be worried because they did the right thing. He didn't just kill him because he was jealous like many of the other senators. Brutus is, like Antony states many times, very honorable.

Finally, the scene that best shows Brutus' noble qualities is when he kills himself in Act 5 Scene 5. Brutus takes his life not only to stop the tension in Rome, but to save the people who had joined his side from getting killed. This scene is the...

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