Essay about Brutus : Tragic Hero Or Antagonist?

1700 Words Jan 24th, 2016 7 Pages
Brutus: Tragic Hero or Antagonist? Friends and coworkers alike should be people one is able to rely on. In the times of ancient Rome, however, these luxuries are hard to come by. Julius Caesar’s friends and fellow government officials, people he should be able to trust, assassinate him at a Senate meeting on the Ides of March. However, Caesar is not the character in the play to be betrayed and manipulated. His good friend, Brutus, also struggles with not being able to trust the people Brutus thought he could. According to Aristotle’s definition of tragic hero, the tragic hero of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is Brutus because he fits all five characteristics: nobility, hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and catharsis. The first reason that Brutus is the tragic hero is because he fits the first trait, which is being of nobility. Although Brutus possesses hard-working qualities, his senatorship is not reliant on those traits; rather, the job was secured for him the moment he was born. Many centuries ago, Brutus’ ancestors “did from the streets Rome / the Tarquin drive, when he was called a king” (II.i.53-4). Brutus’ family, long ago, assisted in the overthrow the monarchy and establishment of a new system of government, which factors majorly into why Brutus feels such a sense of loyalty to the Republic of Rome. Another example of Brutus’ nobility is how well Caesar trusts him. When Caesar sees Cassius and Brutus talking after the Feast of Lupercal,…

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