Through his mistake he looses his name, home, and faces the demise of his wife and himself. Brutus truly is the tragic hero of Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Brutus made a voluminous amount of irreversible flaws that cause his own disappointment and demise. His first mistake is the killing of his loyal and trusting friend, Caesar and not giving just cause to the crowd he gathered. “As he was valiant, I honor him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him.. ” (948).
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.
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.
Brutus is a tragic hero because he is of high political standing, a poor judge of character and is enlightened of his mistakes. Throughout the tale of Julius Caesar's assassination we are able to view into a window of Brutus's life and watch as the Republic unravels. Flaws are what transform characters into tragic heroes. All tragic heroes possess a unique and individual flaw that brings their downfall. Shakespeare illuminates the flaw of Brutus as his uncanny ability in poor judgment and faulty reasoning that leads him to make the decisions he does.
The Flaws of Brutus in Julius Caesar by Shakespeare 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 the play Julius Caesar, Cassius and the other conspirators take advantage of Brutus’ honor.
He begins as a popular senator in Rome’s democracy who plots to overthrow is superior. Because of the murder of Caesar he begins a journey to a downfall of his own creation. His poor judgment and mistakes, tragic loss of wife and home, and lack of reaching goals, lead to enlightenment and ultimately his tragic death. A tragic hero must have a flaw that will eventually lead to their own demise. Brutus’ flaw is poor judgment of people’s character and intentions.
The idea of a tragic hero comes from Aristotle, who thought a tragic hero involved a character of high standing suffering a downfall caused by one or two character flaws. In this story Brutus is a trusted friend of Caesar, but from a series of poor choices he betrays that trust by assisting in Caesar’s assassination, even delivering the death blow. Brutus realizes the error of his ways in his last moments, and the audience feels sympathy for this renegade protagonist. The specific sets of attributes that define a tragic hero (character flaw, downfall, moment of clarity etc.) culminate in Brutus, who Shakespeare used to send a clear message about people.
Therefore, Brutus’s only option to kill Caesar. Caesar is can be considered as a tragic hero because his arrogance leads to his own demise. Caesar ignores the ominous signs given to him by the soothsayer, Calpurnia, nature, priests, and Artemidorus. Caesar thinks he is indomitable. However, in the midst of his downfall, Caesar is enlightened.
Sympathizing with Brutus of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is an interesting and complex play based on historical events that took place in Rome in 44 BC. The plot revolves around the assassination of Julius Caesar by his closest 'friend'- Marcus Brutus, and Marc Antony's attempt to avenge his death. The play portrays many important themes that are still relevant in today's society like the struggle for political power; love and friendship; the fallibility of men; and the fickleness of common people. Despite the title of the play, Brutus is the main character, and the most important in the group of conspirators that murder Julius Caesar. The justification of the killing of Caesar is arguable from many different perspectives.
All the conspirators save only he did what they did in envy of great Caesar…’This was a man!” (998). Antony’s words comprise a temerity that describes Brutus. Although he is a flawed man, who has to fall as far as he can, Brutus faces his demons, going down as one of literature's most tragic heroes. Like Brutus, the heroes of today are put under a microscope and their lives are exposed as a series of bad choices. Their actions are no less great, but their flaws spill over into their achievements and destroy their public persona.