Brutus As A Tragic Hero Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… It is through his soliloquies that we see the complexities within him, as well as the fact that he is a tragic hero. Brutus is certainly an important public figure, and he surely gains power shortly after Caesar's death (although he looses it just as quickly). Yet, we also see him in the roles of husband, and military leader, as well as a compassionate friend seen in, for example, Act II, Scene i. For, even after he helps in the assassination of Caesar we can see his internal fight over whether the murder of his friend Caesar was a noble act, or an act of …show more content…
We are astounded by the extent to which they fall, or allow themselves to stoop. The resulting catastrophe from the hero's mistake is of monumental proportions. With the discussed play Julius Caesar one can see four characters with tragic hero components. Each man is of high rank, in a place of power, and revered by the public, and each one of them has a character flaw. With Julius Caesar we see Arrogance, and Contempt; with Marcus Brutus we see a Strict Moral Code, with no room for flexibility; Marcus Antonius is not afraid to stoop to a Low level of Moral Standards, in order to Manipulate, and achieve his Own Ends; lastly, in Cassius we see Jealousy, Rashness, and Impulsive behaviour. All four men make mistakes, each with a different, yet similar, disastrous effect. In the end, each one of these disasters adds up to the play's conclusion of Rome being no better off than it was under Caesar's rule, or perhaps worse off. Each of these men, with their flaws, and mistakes, bring up societal issues in the reader's mind. These issues are relevant to the modern era, and can be thought about and discussed at the audience's discretion with great success as shown above. The play Julius Caesar may be considered a failure as a tragedy: although many characters display tragic hero properties, the play does not; however, it …show more content…
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