Julius Caesar: Tragic Hero

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In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is portrayed as a tragic hero. He is one of the two characters from this play that goes from being very high in society to completely falling because of themselves. Brutus makes many mistakes but owns up to them. The fact that he is too pliable and accepts his death as his own cause shows the true tragic hero within Brutus, and every person has their own view and interpretation of him. The problem in this story, although its called “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, is far from being just about Caesar himself. Brutus has to overcome many obstacles, one being his involvement in the murder of Caesar, his best friend. He must live with this guilt forever on and it causes problems between him and one of the other conspirators. Brutus is, to say the least, the most fitting example of a tragic hero. Brutus is a pliable character in this story. He knows he is Caesars best and most faithful friend, but was still able to turn on him with the words of another. He knows it is not the right thing for him to be a part of at first because he goes to say, “I know no personal cause to spur at him/ but for the general”(924 ). The conspirators attain their mission of getting Brutus in on murdering Caesar, but not for the right reasons. He knows how sincere and true Caesar is but goes on to compare him to a serpents’ egg. “And therefore think him as a serpent's egg/ which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,/ and kill him in the shell”(926). In my opinion, it could only take a truly evil and malevolent person such as this to turn on your dearest friend. Being able to be moved like this is a major flaw and is not something Brutus can be proud of.... ... middle of paper ... ... the good of Rome. Anyone strong enough for this is to be praised. Brutus lets all of Rome know how much Caesar meant to him and why he did what he did by saying, “As Caesar loved me, I weep for him;/ as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was/ valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I/ slew him”( 953). With Brutus being pliable, accepting his death for what it really is, and people being able to make many different judgments of him, he comes out as the tragic hero in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Everything Brutus does augments the suspense and realism of the entire play. By overcoming the many obstacles stacked in front of him, the altruistic Marcus Brutus definitely shows everyone what a true tragic hero is through this play. Work Cited Elements of Literature. Orlando: Holt, Winston, Rinehart, 2007.

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