Brutus Was A Tragic Hero Essay

1130 Words Feb 5th, 2016 5 Pages
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the plot revolves around the protagonist, Marcus Brutus, and his actions. Brutus was not only a protagonist; he was also a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction. Brutus was characterized as a noble, honorable Roman throughout the entire play. But what did it really mean when his friends, allies, and even enemies described him as this virtuous character when an error in judgment would ultimately lead to his death? Brutus was a tragic hero, because he was not only noble, but his own death was intended to help the greater good, and his dreams, goals, and his ways of obtaining them were not for personal gain, but also for the good of Rome.
One of Brutus’s most evident traits throughout the story is that he is noble and honorable. This contributes to the claim that he is a tragic hero in the fact that his judgment and decisions were based on logic, and what would be best for Rome as a whole. Brutus even killed Caesar, his friend, for the good of Rome. He also did not want to join the conspiracy to kill Caesar until he received the fake letters from Cassius. These letters were important because it shows that Brutus listened to the public and wanted to do what appeared to be the right thing. Brutus said, “Set honour in one eye and death i ' the other/ And I will look on both indifferently/ For let the gods so speed me as I love/ The name of honour more than I…

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