Brutus Is A Tragic Hero

analytical Essay
874 words
874 words

“Brutus, a Tragic Hero” Tragic heroes are composed of the following characteristics: nobleness/wisdom by birth, a tragic flaw, reversal of fortune by the tragic flaw, and anagnorisis. Being excessively honorable can be a person’s tragic flaw. In Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, Brutus is shown to be a tragic hero. Born a nobleman, Brutus was Caesar’s close friend. However, he betrayed and murdered Caesar, which eventually led to Brutus’s death. Ultimately, Brutus’s tragic flaw was his honor and his demise was his death. Brutus shows that he is honorable through his choices to murder Caesar. Caesar was his close friend and Brutus cared for him. However, Brutus joined the conspirators because his honor towards the Roman …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how brutus was a tragic hero in shakespeare's julius caesar. he betrayed and murdered caesar, leading to his death.
  • Analyzes how brutus shows that he is honorable through his choices to murder caesar.
  • Analyzes how brutus has shown that he would die for rome. he reveals his honor during his speech to the roman citizens.
  • Analyzes how brutus emphasizes that his life is not as important as the roman empire. death marks the end of a person’s life, so he reveals that the extent of his honorability is high.
  • Analyzes how cassius and the conspirators used brutus' honor for rome to convince him to join them. his extreme honorability to rome blinded him from the real reasons why the other conspirator wanted him.
  • Explains that brutus's fierce honor to rome caused him to betray a friend, caesar. tyranny was the opposite of the roman senate.
  • Analyzes how brutus' decision of keeping antony alive was honorable and compassionate, but this was part of his downfall.
  • Analyzes how brutus' demise comes from his honor as well. he had killed himself instead of being caught by the enemies.
  • Analyzes how brutus's honorability was his tragic flaw and led to his death. he was blinded by his honor to rome, which tossed him to the wrong path into assassination, terrible choices, and war.

First, Cassius and the conspirators used his honor for Rome to convince him to join them. Their fake letters from the citizens that they sent Brutus assisted in making his decision. Brutus said, “It must be by his death. And for my part/I know no personal cause to spurn at him, /But for the general.”(II.i.10-12) His extreme honorability to Rome had blinded him from the real reasons why the other conspirators wanted him to join. Cassius only wanted Caesar dead because of his jealousy and Brutus would have been a great asset. Brutus did not have any personal reasons for Caesar’s assassination. However, it was his assumptions on what may happen to Rome that caused him to join the conspiracy. In addition, Brutus’s fierce honor to Rome caused him to betray a friend, Caesar. Brutus was afraid that Caesar would become a tyrant and become corrupted like most dictators in the past. Tyranny was also the opposite of the Roman senate that the empire had at that moment. Brutus states, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more…But as he was ambitious, I slew him” (III.ii.23-24, 28) It was his honorability to Rome that pushed him to murder Caesar and put him on the path, which would soon lead to his

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