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What would be a good thesis statement describing Brutus as the tragic hero of Julius...

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chocolate975 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM via web

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What would be a good thesis statement describing Brutus as the tragic hero of Julius Caesar?

I wrote my intro paragraph i just need the thesis to complete it. Once I have the thesis I can elaborate on it. Thank you.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 23, 2010 at 11:44 PM (Answer #1)

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For a character to be considered a tragic hero he must possesses several qualities--he must be a person in a noble position (Brutus is a highly respected Senator from a famous Roman family); he must fall from that noble position (obviously, Brutus experiences the ultimate downfall); he must have a tragic flaw which results in his downfall (think about what personality trait Brutus possesses that leads to his death at the end of the play); and he must experience a tragic realization (this normally occurs right before the tragic hero's death; so think about Brutus realizes before he chooses to die).

Keeping those characteristics in mind for your body paragraphs, your thesis should discuss Brutus's high position and his downfall. Consider his noble goals (regarding killing Caesar) and what ultimately ends up happening to those goals.

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