In Julius Caesar, what is Brutus's hamartia?
Brutus’s tragic flaw is his need to be noble.
Hamartia is a tragic flaw. It is the cause of a hero’s downfall. Tragic flaws can come in many varieties, but Brutus’s tragic flaw is his need for nobility. It makes him naïve and vulnerable.
We first see Brutus demonstrating his tragic flaw in the speech he makes before the conspirators gather at his house. It is an important meeting. He will meet them all together for the first time, and there they will plot. Before the meeting, he gives a soliloquy in which he explains that he has nothing personally against Caesar, but Caesar has to die. For Brutus, everything has to be for the good of Rome. He is concerned about appearances, and it is this desire to do good and the concern for what others think that will destroy those conspiring against Caesar.
During the meeting, Brutus is adamant about not killing anyone other than Caesar. He also speaks beautifully and philosophically about what they are about to do, as if...
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