It is shown that Caesar is a tragic hero when he is wronged by the people nearest and dearest to his heart. One reason Caesar died an unhappy death is because of the way he was killed. For example, Octavius says, “Never, till Caesar’s three and thirty wounds/ be well aveng’d; or till another Caesar/ Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors” (V.i.53-55). A happy death would be accidental or of natural causes. Caesar’s death was unhappy because he was murdered by his friends.
It takes an honorable man to shed tears, but to weep? That takes honor. Caesar’s actions as Antony describes them creates the image of a wildly sympathetic character that many audiences can relate to. In the end, a great ruler was killed due to the jealousy and insecurity of two men. What everyone forgets in this play is that the Roman children were raised to be power hungry.
However much he loved Caesar, he opposed the fact that a single man ruled Rome and he feared Caesar would rise to hold that power. Brutus was a good leader. He was truthful and honourable. Brutus tries to justify his reason for killing Caesar and he says “not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more”. (III.i.21-22) It shows that his love for Rome was incomparable to anyone else and he slew Caesar not for his own greediness but for his love for Rome.
Julius Caesar is the tragic hero because his arrogance causes his death. He ignores the advice of the soothsayer, his wife, nature, priests, and Artemidorus. Julius Caesar’s obsession with power ends up taking his life. In the end by Caesar’s astonishment, his close friend ends up giving him the final blow. Absolute power always corrupts.
Mark Antony then speaks to the people to seek revenge on the conspirators, when this happens, Brutus and Cassius lead an army against Antony and both Brutus and Cassius die. The best example of a tragic hero in this play is Brutus. He was a highly honored man in Rome, but he made some bad choices like conspiring against Caesar. This causes him to lose his honor, family, and Roman respect. Brutus is the tragic hero because he has a fatal flaw, a series of bad choices that he makes, and can be felt sympathetic towards in the end.
Brutus was like a brother to Caesar and Caesar loved him. The day of the murder came as a complete shock to Caesar, but when he saw Brutus sulk in with a dagger Caesar’s heart was shattered; Caesar wept, “Eh tu, Bruté?-Then falls Caesar” (3.1.79). Brutus had slain a friend of whom had done nothing wrong to him. The connection they had once held had been abolished forever. Brutus’s justification for his harsh actions was, “[...]not that I/ loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” (3.2.20-21).
Perhaps he was mad with grief over the death of his wife, as seen in Act III Scene III, " No man bears sorrow better, Portia is dead" (413). In the end, he took his own life, in violation of his stoic philosophy. "Do so; and not let no man abide this deed but we the doers." (384) Here in Act III, Brutus appears high-minded, but his principles did not seem to prepare him for dealing with a corrupt world. Despite the honorable thoughts conspirators may have had toward Brutus, he was was plagued with stoicism and loved Rome more than Caesar, which leaded to Caesar's death.
He does this to convince the people that they should not be offended by him because he killed Caesar, as he does this with Rome’s best interest at heart. Antony lists “Friends, Romans, countrymen”-(Line 70). Brutus lists “Romans, countrymen, and lovers”-(Line 13); starting with “Romans”-(Line 13) this prevails his fatal flaw of loving Rome too much. This contrast shows that Antony is lowering his self standards ... ... middle of paper ... ... had stabbed him “You all do know his mantle... in this place ran Cassius’ dagger... what a rent the envious Casca made... through this the well-beloved Brutus stabbed.”-(Line 167-173). Finally Antony shows them Caesar’s dead body “Here is himself, marred, as you see, with tailors.”-(Lines 193), then he pulled the cloak and reveals Caesar’s body.
Throughout the play, Brutus shows very knowledgeable, perceptive, and noble qualities toward the Roman Democracy. At first glance, Brutus is condemned for murdering his best friend, which is a hard concept to comprehend as being noble, but all that he did, he did for the good of Rome. Furthermore, Antony’s opinion of Brutus changes from pure despite and detestation, to honor, and respect, after he realizes the reasoning that Brutus had “‘Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more./ Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves,/ Than that Caesar were dead and live all free men?’” (III.ii.21-22). This statement is spoken to the crowd, in regards to the assassination of Caesar. Here, Brutus is explaining to the people that he did not kill Caesar for his own personal gain, but for the good of Rome.
Write them together, yo... ... middle of paper ... ...tus truly defined the definition of being a tragic hero. He took a drastic fall from being high standing Roman senator to committing suicide on the battle field. He also had several fundamental character flaws that defined not only his future but it also defined history as we know it today. His illogical thinking allowed him to justify the killing of Caesar; and his kindness allows Mark Antony to live and become a mighty ruler of Rome. Brutus’ finally has a revelation and his eyes are opened once he is defeated on the battle field during The Battle Philippi.