What is role of Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar?  

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Brutus is the tragic hero of the play, or arguably, one of two tragic heroes, the other being Caesar. Brutus's tragic flaw, like those of many Greek tragic heroes, is hubris. He believes that he is of high moral quality and allows himself to be persuaded by Cassius, at which point he won't turn back. A decision he makes must be the right decision. One could also say that Caesar is the tragic hero, in that he also dies because of a tragic flaw: in his case, ambition. But in spite of the play's title, it is certainly Brutus, not Caesar, who is the protagonist; protagonists rarely die halfway through the text! The audience also sympathizes with Brutus, at least at first, which is another characteristic of a tragic hero and protagonist.

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Marcus Brutus plays the role of protagonist and tragic hero in Shakespeare's classic play Julius Caesar . Marcus Brutus is an influential man in Rome and a close friend of Julius Caesar. Since Brutus is the protagonist, Shakespeare focuses on his difficult decision...

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