Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero is a character of high esteem that has a flaw in logic, which leads to their downfall. While in the process the character is enlightened of their mistakes and after the play is often viewed with pity. The protagonist, Brutus, is the tragic hero because he is easily persuaded, has flawed logic, and falls from high standing. In Act I, Cassius convinces Brutus to assassinate his friend Julius Caesar. “I am glad that my few words have struck but this much show of fire from Brutus” (894).
However that is what makes him a tragic hero. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare gives us the tragic hero of Brutus. This Roman is a tragic hero because he comes from high political standing and brings about his own downfall because of his fatal flaw of being a poor judge. Brutus enlightens us to be wary of those we trust because the decisions we make could ultimately destroy what we try hardest to protect.
Antony uses the idealism to get to talk to the com Brutus’ tragic flaws are part of what makes him a tragic hero. In Julius Caesar, Brutus is a great example of a tragic hero. His tragic flaws are honor, poor judgement, and idealism (Bedell). In Shakespeare’s plays, the tragic hero and his flaws cause the downfall of the play (Tragic Flaws). In conclusion, everybody took advantage of Brutus’ flaws except Caesar.
According to Dictionary.com, a tragic hero is a great character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for a downfall (“Tragic Hero” Dictionary.com). Marcus Brutus is often mistaken for a villain because he killed Caeser. In the play Julius Caeser, by William Shakespeare, Brutus is portrayed as the tragic hero through many ways; especially through his honor, the way he does what is best for the greater good, and the introspection of himself. Marcus Brutus placed all his being on his honor and how he was presented. He always did the honorable thing even if it resulted with him dying.
The tragic Flaw for Brutus is his idealistic view of the world. He contracts this view about Caesar after Cassius persuades him by saying that Caesar will be a tyrant. Because of this, Brutus joins the conspirators and kills Caesar. This shows that Brutus, like other tragic heroes uses his tragic flaw and thus will cause his eventual defeat. Later in the play Brutus directs, as any ideological man would, to charge rather than wait for the enemy to attack.
“I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king” (892). He justifies his actions and decisions in his own mind, without providing proof. He believes that Caesar is ambitious, but can show no evidence. “And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous and kill him in the shell” (911). Another fatal mistake in Brutus’ premeditated plan was allowing Antony to live.
Julius Caesar may have been a noble person, but the people of Rome did not think so. In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare shows the Caesar comes to an unhappy end when he is murdered by the people he loved most. Within this play Julius Caesar is portrayed as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is defined as “the main character of a tragedy [who is] usually dignified, courageous, and high ranking” (Novel Study Guide). Also vital to defining a tragic hero is that, “the hero’s downfall is caused by a tragic flaw” (Novel Study Guide).
The play “Oedipus Rex” was written by an ancient Greek playwright named Sophocles. Sophocles is known for his compelling tragedies and well-rounded characters. The protagonist of Sophocles’ play “Oedipus Rex” is an honorable man however, chooses to lead a life of arrogance and pride known as hubris. This hubris is what ultimately causes Oedipus to unknowingly cause his own tragic demise. Oedipus fulfills the prerequisites set by Aristotle for a tragic hero.
The Tragic Hero of Julius Caesar Tragedy concerns itself with the downfall of a protagonist (or the tragic hero) that suffers crushing defeat or death. Brutus certainly fits in as the protagonist of Julius Caesar and the tragic hero. Since Brutus was one of the main characters of the play, it would be obvious that he would be the tragic hero of the play as well. The downfall of the protagonist occurs through a tragic flaw of the protagonist. Brutus' tragic flaw was making bad judgments.