Brutus V Caesar Compare and Contrast Tragic Heroes Essay

648 Words Nov 26th, 2010 3 Pages
A tragic hero is commonly defined as a literary figure who, during the course of the plot, makes a deadly flaw that seals his fate and ultimately leads to his demise. Two classic examples can be found in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: Brutus, the killer of Caesar, and the dictator of Rome himself. Marcus Brutus and Julius Caesar both serve as exceptional illustrations of tragic heroes because of their social relevance, their harrowing mistakes, and their cataclysmic deaths.

It is almost common knowledge that Julius Caesar was a powerful man in the annals of history. In the play, Caesar’s military might won his armies many battles, and in turn, lots of land. He was definitely the most popular man in Rome, because citizens took
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When he delivers the final blow to Caesar, the dictator says “Et tu, Brute? Then Fall Caesar”! (III.i.77) showing he was trusted by Caesar the whole time. Even after his death, Mark Antony declares that Brutus was the most honorable man.

One of Brutus’ best qualities was that he saw the good in everyone. However, he took this too far and it led to him being too trusting and idealistic. He was also a naive man. He was swayed into joining the conspiracy after Cassius told him of the honor that would follow. He also goes against taking an oath at a conspiracy meeting based on his judgment that all the conspirators are men of honor, and even lets Antony live, which may have been his biggest mistake. In Act 3, Scene 1, Brutus allows Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. There Antony persuades the crowd that the conspiracy is evil, and the mob burn the conspirators’ houses. This leads to civil strife, and ultimately Brutus’ death in battle. It was one poor decision after another that got the best of Brutus.

The definition of the tragic hero still remains. Through several examples, it has been made clear that the two men fit the bill well. Both Caesar and Brutus possessed high status and made fatal blunders that lead to their annihilation. It was Caesar’s thirst for power and Brutus’ narrow minded judgment that led not only to the downfall of themselves, but to that of law and order in

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