A tragic flaw is a weakness in the main character of a tragedy that causes his or her downfall. Brutus’ tragic flaw is that he wants what is best for Rome, even if it means betraying his best friend. Caesar’s tragic flaw is that he refuses to accept Calpurnia’s foreshadowing of his ultimate demise. Creon’s lack of reverence towards the gods and arrogance toward his subordinates are his tragic flaws. Caesar is ultimately brought down by his arrogance, he was a fool not to listen to a prophecy.
Brutus’ tragic flaw is that he wants what is best for Rome, even if it means betraying his best friend. “If it be aught toward the general good, set honor in one eye and death I’ th’ other, and I will look on both indifferently,” (Act I, Scene I, Lines 85-87). If it has anything to do with the public welfare, then Brutus will join the conspiracy. Brutus is oblivious to the fact that the conspirators are killing Caesar out of spite. “My heart doth joy that yet in all my life I found no man but he was true to me, I shall have glory by this losing day,” (Act V, Scene V, Lines 34-36). Brutus will rather die then be captured by Octavius and Anthony. He is a coward. Brutus does what is best for Rome for the price of his loyalty to his best friend, Caesar.
Caesar’s tragic flaw is that he refuses to accept Calpurnia’s foreshadowing of his ultimate demise. “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves,” (Act I, Scene I, Lines 135-138). Caesar is a giant and he treats everyone else with disrespect or with little importance. Caesar is a tyrant. “What do you mean, Caesar? Think you to walk forth? You shall not stir out of your house today.” (Act II, Scene II, Lines 8-9). Calpurnia does not want Caesar to go out of the house, since it is March 15th and Caesar was be aware of that. He is a fool not to listen to his wife, Calpurnia and the soothsayer....
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