Many of these characteristics that caused Caesar to be murdered also develop him as the tragic hero of the play. Just like any tragic hero, Caesar’s downfall was due to his own actions and excessive pride. Being the soon to be ruler of Rome, Caesar also shares the trait of a typical tragic hero of being a king or leader of men. Just as other tragic heroes sharing this trait, Caesar’s fate affects the welfare of an entire group of people; in this case, the people of Rome. Almost all tragic heroes’ suffering and demise are done with purpose, just as Caesar being killed to prevent his future rule as a tyrant.
Brutus and Anthony both gave powerful speeches at their dear friend’s funeral; they do this to lead the public into making different conclusions. However the reasoning behind each speech differs. Brutus’ aim is to convince the general public why they killed Caesar. They killed Caesar for the good of Rome as Caesar was too ambitious “I have done no more to Caesar they you shall do to Brutus” (Line 32-33). Anthony persuades the public that his friend is not ambitious and manipulates them into avenging Caesar “Now let is work... Take thou what course thou wilt”(Line 257-258).
They gave him the justification he needed to kill Caesar, which was “its Good of Rome.” The assumption was that Caesar would eventually take the crown, which would never less destroyed Rome according to Brutus thoughts. By making this assumption and joining the other conspirators he set him self up for many problems for him and for Rome. This was one of the fatal mistakes made by Brutus. Brutus actually made two mistakes with Mark Antony. The first was letting Mark Antony live and the second was letting him speak alone at the funeral.
After a long fought battle, Germanicus became ill and died. This event remained strong in Caligula’s memory and could have le... ... middle of paper ... ...tus, was treated with more honor than the most honorable citizens in Rome. He intended to appoint the horse as a consul, but the little sanity he had left led him to abandon this idea. Not long after his many tyrannical actions, the Praetorian guards planned his murder. According to history books, the guards mainly killed Caligula for personal reasons but many believe that Caligula’s successor Claudius was involved.
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.
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.
Using his voice as a writer he takes the audience into Rome and lets them experience each riveting moment of Caesar’s fall. The play shows that Caesar is not the cause of Rome’s eventual downfall, but the senators who conspire against him and ultimately kill him are the ones reprehensible. Shakespeare introduces the characters of Brutus and Cassius: two men, both of high standing, that spearhead the conspiracy against Caesar’s life. The actions of their scheme are met with chaotic consequences, consequences so dangerous that both Brutus and Cassius flee to Asia Minor. After the Battle of Phillippi, once Octavius and Marc Antony seem to have one, the two men take their lives.
An example of this decaying Rome was in Ad60 when the people of Pompeii and Nuceria assaulted each other at the gladiatorial event. Nero passed the investigation onto the Senate, who subsequently made the c... ... middle of paper ... ...ardships. He was greatly respected by Tacitus, not only for his skills as a commander, but for his brilliant discipline. Corbulo may have been strict, but he was a very fair leader and his troops followed him devoutly. In the later Annals, Tacitus expressed displeasure when Nero 'forces him to commit suicide.'
Philo, one of Antony’s loyal friend and partner in war, has seen Antony going from one respectable soldier to then abandoning his everything about the empire upon meeting Cleopatra. He is not confident into which category Antony fits into. (5.1) Many roles are played by Antony; therefore we see different sides of the argument. Antony can claim greatness for serving the needs of his country and his empire as fighter and as a leader. He can be seen as equal as Caesar, as he commits suicide, seen as a honourable thing to do.
However, there were reasons why Brutus chose to stand against Caesar and one was was mainly due to his love for Rome and his honor and loyalty toward the county. Brutus, is a true Roman, and is very important to Rome but these main motivators of Brutus leads him into his tragic flaw as it made him think about his judgments and turned him into a more decisive decision maker. Brutus ... ... middle of paper ... ...d Rome by having them heartbroken and that the civil war needed to be stopped in order to get Rome back to normal. Knowing the war will stop if the leader of the conspirators, mostly Brutus, is dead so the civil war will end with the victory of Caesar’s accomplishments. Even though his army will lose the war after he dies, Brutus committed suicide because all Brutus wanted was Rome to get better and recover from the mess that was made from the war.