A Tale Of Loyalty, Not Tragedy “Not that I loved Caesar less/but that I loved Rome more” (3.2.23-24). The play, Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare tells the story about a group of senators that conspire to assassinate Rome’s beloved leader, Julius Caesar. Caesar’s closest friend, Marcus Brutus, joins the senators and leads them as they get ready to attack. Brutus makes an excellent and effective leader because of his great leadership qualities such as patriotism, truthfulness, compassion and nobility. Although some believe that Brutus conspires against Caesar out of jealousy, Brutus actually plots against Caesar for the good of Rome.
In Julius Caesar Brutus displays the traits of a tragic hero through out this play but being a good person but makes an error in judgment, and when this error occurred it causes his own downfall. First off is that Brutus makes an error in judgment by joining the conspiracy to over throw Caesar. But the only reason that Brutus had joined was because his tragic flaw was honor; he lived his life on the guidelines of honor and loyalty. Now lastly Brutus had caused his very own downfall when after killing Caesar all of Rome has now turned against the conspirators. Those are some of the reasons that display Brutus is a tragic hero.
He came for his good friend Caesar. As Antony began his speech, he does not discredit Brut... ... middle of paper ... ...er the crowd by examples of irony and the power of repetitions like the ones above. After great uses of irony, rhetorical question, and slight use of antistrophe Antony told the people who murdered their beloved Caesar. Brutus mistake was he made his point to vague that the people of Rome barely had an understanding of Caesar. Brutus mentions how Caesar was ambitious and why he deserves to die.
There are characters in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar who may fit some of these characteristics. Caesar is unexpectedly killed by senators for his political approach when he assumed he was serving Rome. Antony loses his dear comrade and friend, Caesar, and tries to avenge him, but his efforts are in vain. Caesar and Antony do not meet Aristotle’s definition of the Tragic Hero in full context. However, Brutus clearly represents Aristotle’s Tragic Hero as his intentions for killing Julius Caesar were to protect the empire he loved.
In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus faces an internal conflict involving his best friend Caesar becoming the ruler of Rome. Brutus must decide whether to let Caesar live, knowing he would be a bad ruler for Rome, or whether he should kill him for the good of the people. Based on Brutus’ knowledge, his decision to kill Caesar was justified with reason, being innocently misled and manipulated, and the intention of doing what was best for the general good of Rome. Julius Caesar was murdered before being crowned the ruler of Rome due to fear that his personality and many of his characteristics would lead to his rule being one similar to a dictatorship. Many of these characteristics that caused Caesar to be murdered also develop him as the tragic hero of the play.
ii. 92). Antony wins back the people’s favor for Caesar and tells the people that they should not be prais... ... middle of paper ... ...tus and Cassius assume the worst of Caesar; whether or not Caesar would give into his hubris would never be known. Shakespeare portrays the significant role of man’s greed and envy through his historical play. Julius Caesar was loved because of major conquests and love for his people.
For if he wasn?t, then Brutus betrayed a man he loved in vain. He held that he was saving Rome form a tyrant when he plunged the knife into Caesar?s back, literally. It must be by his death: and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crown'd: How that might change his nature, there's the question. ???????????????..
Even though killing a person is not right, Brutus thought that he was doing it for the good of Rome; therefore he was doing nothing wrong. This relates to “does the end justify the means” because Brutus believes that the end, which is freedom for Rome, justifies the assassination of Caesar ("In "Julius Caesar," How Do "the Ends Justify the Means?"). Cassius it somewhat manipulating Brutus into thinking that what he is doing is right, and that Caesar is actually a bad person. An example of how Brutus believes that the murder is doing the Romans a favor is when he says this in a speech at Caesar’s funeral: “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Would you rather Caesar were living, and you all die slaves, than that Caesar were dead, so you all live freemen?” (Shakespeare, 880) In this speech he is stating that he did care... ... middle of paper ... ...
He Lacks in integrity but proves to be a somewhat successful person in the fact that he killed Julius Caesar, which is what he set out to do. He wanted to kill Julius Caesar because in Cassius’s mind the Roman Empire did not need Julius Caesar and the Empire, as a whole, would be better off without him as their leader. Another reason Cassius did not want Caesar to be king is because Caesar was becoming godlike in Cassius’s eyes. After the death of King Julius Caesar Cassius... ... middle of paper ... ...annihilated. The reason behind this annihilation was intend in being greedy and wealth.
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).