Thesis: Which Character, Brutus or Cassius, would best fit Aristotle’s description of a tragic hero? Outline
Introduction. Thesis, Point of Theme article.
What is a Tragic Hero?
Definition of a Tragic Hero
N; a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy.
Explanation of Tragic Flaw
N; the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia. How Cassius could be the Tragic Hero.
Prideful – Took his own life and wanted the power for himself. How Brutus could be the Tragic Hero.
Misled – His strong sense of Honorable actions misled him to do wrong, in attempts to do right. -------------------------------------------------
Conclusion; Brutus is the Tragic Hero.
Upon reading Shakespeare’s play and tragedy, Julius Ceasar, the question comes up. Who is the tragic hero of the story? As with many Tragedies, there is always a single Tragic Hero who works through the play, and eventually succumbs to a flaw in his character, that is the end of him. So, with the question, and the many characters in the play present in your mind, which is the tragic hero?; The noble, and honorable Brutus, or the self-centered, and sneaky Cassius?
First, let’s explain what a Tragic Hero is. By definition, is a literary character that makes an error of judgment, or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. In addition, the definition of a tragic flaw is the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy. So, out of the two characters, the main protagonist of the story, who has the bigger flaw, and brings about the tragedy in the story, should be the tragic hero.
Take a look at Cassius. Cassius, while not the main protagonist of the story, is definitely one of the main characters in general terms. His main flaw, having been the facts that he was very prideful, and has Pindarus take...
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