Brutus ' Tragic Flaws Of Brutus Essays

1178 Words Jan 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Friends should not go behind one another 's back and plot against them. Brutus declares, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” when he is explaining why Caesar is dead to the crowd of Romans (III.ii. 21-2). The intentions for stabbing Caesar are to simply protect Rome and the people. Killing Caesar is a result of Brutus’ tragic flaw. Evidence of Brutus’ tragic flaw also occurs when he fights against Octavius and Antony at Philippi. Normally Brutus appears as a peaceful man who would not encourage fighting, but because of his flaw he decides to march his troops to the war zone. Cassius and Brutus make the decision of going to meet the enemy at Philippi when Cassius insist, “Then, with your will, go on; / We’ll along ourselves and meet them at Philippi” (IV.iii.223-24). Rome’s brave general, Brutus, is doing everything it takes because he is determined to win the battle solely for Rome itself. Brutus’ flaw takes him to the point of murder and war, where all his brave actions are for his country, Rome.
Not only does Brutus posses a flaw, but he also proves to be the tragic hero of the play because he undergoes peripeteia, or as stated by Aristotle, a reversal of fortune due to the character’s flaw. The first event that shows how Brutus’ fate is reversed is when he and Cassius appear more desperate than Antony and Octavius. Brutus and Cassius are not getting along as well and fight over every decision made. A poet appears at the end of the fourth act and…

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