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by William Shakespeare

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In Julius Caesar, why is Brutus a tragic hero?

Brutus is a tragic hero because he is an honorable politician who hails from an elite family and is revered by the population. Despite Brutus's prestigious background, he possesses a tragic flaw that leads to his demise. Brutus's tragic flaw is his need to be noble, which contributes to his naivety as he dramatically misinterprets the intentions of the conspirators. Brutus assassinates Caesar to save Rome but creates a power vacuum and commits suicide in the final battle.

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In the classic play Julius Caesar, Brutus possesses the necessary attributes to identify as a Shakespearean tragic hero. Brutus is a noble, morally upright man, who hails from a prestigious family and is revered by the population. His ancestor is renowned throughout Rome for overthrowing the oppressive monarchy to establish the Republic, and Brutus finds it necessary to carry on his family's impressive legacy. Similar to many tragic heroes, Brutus is an accomplished, successful aristocrat who has a tragic flaw that leads to his unfortunate demise. Brutus's tragic flaw is his need to be noble, which negatively influences his decision-making and prevents him from recognizing the true intentions of the conspirators. Brutus's tragic flaw influences him to defend the Roman population at all costs and sacrifice his well-being by assassinating Julius Caesar.

Brutus naively believes that assassinating Caesar will preserve the Republic and stabilize Rome. In addition to assassinating Julius...

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