Topics: Julius Caesar, Roman Republic, Mark Antony Pages: 3 (857 words) Published: April 22, 2014

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Ever felt like a friend was being two- faced towards you? The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The story is set on ancient Rome and portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi.  In the tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus demonstrates a kind of person who can go against his friend not because he hates you, but because he loves his country more.

Do the conspirators succeed in their goals by killing him, or is Caesar's influence too powerful to be contained even by his death.  Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero of Julius Caesar.  He truly believed that Caesar would have had a negative impact on Rome, and since Brutus put his country before his friends and even his family, he joined the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar.  Even though Caesar was his friend, Brutus' loyalty as a Roman citizen came first.  Brutus' tragic flaw is that he is not a very good judge of character, and he trusts Cassius.  He also underestimates Marc Antony and allows him to speak to the crowd after Caesar's death.  Although Antony does as promised in that he does not say anything derogatory against the conspirators, his use of verbal irony and dramatic actions turns the crowd into an angry mob.  When Brutus finally realizes his role in the destruction of Rome that was worse than he believed Caesar would have done, Brutus commits suicide making him "the noblest Roman of them all".

The other way to view Brutus as the tragic hero is giving him the role of central character according to the Elizabethan 5 Act Play Format.  Brutus is introduced to us as an important

character to the plot in act one.   He then gains power throughout the rising action of act two while first agreeing to, then planning the assassination of Caesar.  He is certainly involved in the conflict of act three, the killing of...
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