Why does Julius Caesar fit the definition of tragedy?  Is Julius Caesar the tragic hero in the play? What details from the play support this?

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Julius Caesar is a typical historical Shakespearean tragedy because it features a tragic hero.  Ironically enough, though, Caesar--a man filled with ego--is not the tragic hero. Some argue that he meets all the qualifications of a tragic hero, but most critics cite Brutus as the tragic hero of the play.  Brutus falls from a noble position (he is a respected senator from a long line of politicians).  His downfall results in the loss of everything and is caused by his tragic flaw--poor judgment. He experiences a tragic realization at the play's end when Caesar's ghost appears to him before Brutus battles Antony.  Brutus at this point recognizes that his numerous bad decisions have cost him his family, position, and possible his life.

Moreover, remember that hero is simply a main character. Brutus drives much of the play's conflict; plus, he appears in many more scenes than Caesar.

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