Discuss which character ( Brutus or Caesar) is rightly regarded as the tragic hero of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.I picked Brutus. You can pick whichever one. Please write an introduction ( 1...

Discuss which character ( Brutus or Caesar) is rightly regarded as the tragic hero of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

I picked Brutus. You can pick whichever one. Please write an introduction ( 1 paragraph) about your choice and defend it.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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We editors at enotes do not write for students; however, we gladly offer suggestions and any guidance that we can.  With this in mind, perhaps a good way for you to begin the introduction of the defense of Brutus as truly the tragic hero of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is to define what constitutes a tragic hero. (see the link below.) This definition which has several facets to it can act as the motivator and then you can put the thesis as the last sentence of the introductory paragraph.

Since both Brutus and Julius Caesar are noble in stature, and have excessive pride (hubris), which causes them to make tragic mistakes (hamartia), you may need to make the strength of your thesis the statement that Brutus is the character who is present throughout the entire play, he is the central character who is well developed, and he is the character who illustrates the predominant theme of tyranny versus freedom.

Here are some ideas you can consider in making your choice of tragic hero and in the development of your essay:

This theme of tyranny vs. freedom is developed through the many agonizings of Brutus who first cannot decide whether Caesar should be slain or not.  Then, after he agrees to join the conspirators, he decides that for the good of Rome Caesar must die.  However, his political idealism makes Brutus blind to the subterfuges of Marc Antony and, in his hubris he does not listen to Cassius who suggests that Antony be slain as well.  At Sardis, Brutus argues with Cassius, and still maintains his idealism as he argues that the assassination was a noble deed.  Then, before the battle at Phillipi, Brutus makes his tragic mistake of ordering the troops to march to Philippi when Cassius has contended that they should wait.  Brutus still believes in fate as he tells Cassius "There is a tide in the affairs of men" that must be taken.

In contrast to Brutus, Caesar is not as well developed and only makes one tragic mistake whereas Brutus makes the mistakes of not slaying Antony and trusting him instead as well as his mistake about the battle of Philippi.

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killer98 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Brutus is the tragic hero in the play.

This because even though Caesar is more important but his character isn't as well developed as Brutus's.

Brutus is more stronger in areas where Caesar might actually break.

Brutus joined the conspiracy to kill Caesar,his best friend-only for the good of Rome even though he knew it was wrong.He just wanted the good of Rome to come from the downfall of Caesar.But when he realises that Rome is a mess when Caear is dead then he feels guilty and kills himself nobly stating that Caesar's soul can rest in peace.

He is rightly called a tragic hero and lives up to the title.

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