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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 in order to establish the Republic and he 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...

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