Why is Julius Caesar the protagonist in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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The protagonist is the main character. Julius Caesar is the main character. The whole play revolves around Caesar. Because he is becoming overly ambitious, Cassius whispers to Brutus in the night about a plot to murder Caesar.

After the conspiracy has formed, the conspirators stab Caesar about thirty times. They wanted to put fear in the people that a tyrant must die a bloody death.

Even in death, Caesar's ghost is a part of the action. He still remains an active part of the play. Brutus sees Caesar's ghost and realizes that his tyranny lives on.

Brutus and Cassius are defeated by Octavian and Antony. Octavian and Antony carry on the memory of Caesar. In the end, Cassius and Brutus fall on their swords in defeat. Caesar's death is avenged. Caesar is in every aspect of the play from beginning to end.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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This question has already been answered many times here at eNotes.  Here is a comprehensive link for you:  http://www.enotes.com/julius-caesar/q-and-a/tags/protagonist

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