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In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, discuss how Brutus can be considered a tragic hero.

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Though Shakespeare's play is called Julius Caesar, the main character is Brutus. He is the play's tragic hero.

Aristotle described the characteristics of a tragic hero. He must be a great man—a man of notable deeds or character, or both. Second, the tragic hero has to die. Last, the hero's death is his own fault, brought on by his poor judgment because of a tragic flaw in his character.

Brutus is a great man in Rome. Brutus is greatly admired; when Rome erupts in Civil War, there are many that follow Brutus because of the true caliber of man he is. He is not a man who openly complains; while he...

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Brutus is considered a tragic hero because he had a rise to power, made his fatal flaw, which was killing Caesar, and then made poor decisions which ultimately led to his death.

hari12 | Student

Brutus is a famous character from Julius Caesar. This was written by Shakespeare.

Let me define tragic hero first. A tragic hero is a person who has a good character, who commits flaws which are fatal and is of a very high standing.

Brutus was a noble citizen of Rome. He was of nobel standing which added to his appeal as a tragic hero.

 

Brutus joins the conspiracy not because he "loved Caesar less but loved Rome more."  Brutus joins the conspiracy under the impression that he is preventing Caesar's tyranny and saving the people of Rome.  He also trusts the motives of the other conspirators.  In entering the conspiracy he is also responsible for the death of Caesar and the movement of the plot. 

Despite his death and loss in the war, Brutus is still remembered as noble, in this he represents the moral of the play.  Even though Brutus fails by most standards he remains moral and honest which shows the reader that adhering to your own convictions is important.  By delivering the catharsis in the play, Brutus proves to be the tragic hero of the play.

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