To what extent might hubris be blamed as the cause of Caesar's downfall in the play Julius Caesar?

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Caesar's hubris plays a crucial role in his own downfall. Indeed it proves to be his tragic flaw. The most compelling example of this can be found in act 2, scene 2, when his wife, Calpurnia, warns him not to go the the senate-house.

Calpurnia reminds Caesar of "the things that we have heard and seen," which seem to clearly foreshadow that something terrible and unnatural is going to happen. She reminds him that "A lioness hath whelped in the streets," and that "graves have yawn'd, and yielded...

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