In the play Julius Caesar, Brutus is considered the tragic hero. Before we begin to look at textual evidence that supports this statement, let's review the classical traits of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle a tragic hero
1. Struggles with fate
2. Has a tragic flaw
3. Suffers a reversal of fortune
4. Suffers from hubris (excessive pride)
5. suffers greater than what is deserved
While Shakespeare did not write a greek tragedy, he is certainly influenced by plays such as Oedipus Rex and Antigone.
Brutus is a noble character who struggles with killing Caesar because of his allegiance to Caesar. Ultimately, Brutus believes that killing Ceasar will best benefit Rome, and that is why he chooses to create his own fate. He is convinced of this when Cassius argues,
"Men at some time are masters of their fates/ The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/ But in ourselves, that we are underlings"
This is evidence that Brutus struggles with his conception of fate. One can argue...
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