How could the tragic flaws of Caesar and Brutus in Julius Caesar be compared?
Julius Caesar's tragic flaw could arguably be his complacency. He ignores the warning of his wife, who dreamed of his statue spouting blood, and he also ignores the warning of the soothsayer, who tells him to "Beware the ides of March." In response to his wife's warnings, Caesar says that "Cowards die many times before their deaths; / The valiant never taste of death but once." The implication is that Caesar puts his own notions of courage above the clearly ominous signals that point to his own death. So, this is perhaps more than complacency—it is something like pride. Perhaps Caesar's pride is his real tragic flaw.
Brutus participates in the assassination of Caesar because of his love for Rome. Cassius knows that this love of Rome is Brutus's weakness, and he exploits it when he tries to convince him to join the conspiracy in act 1, scene 2. Indeed, Cassius asks Brutus, "what trash is Rome, / What rubbish and what offal, when it serves / For the base matter to illuminate / So vile a...
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