Brutus: A Tragic Hero

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There is no such thing as a perfect human being not even a tragic hero. Everybody has flaws it is just human nature to not be perfect. Even though people associate the word hero with a human that is perfect. When hero is paired with tragic in the word tragic hero the person who is the tragic hero is the same as everybody else they have a flaw, but their flaw causes their demise in the literary work. Brutus in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is a tragic hero because his tragic flaw, being naive, cause his demise in the end of the story. Brutus has the five traits that associate with Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, which is a man of noble stature or high position, …show more content…
Brutus’ hamartia is how he is naive and is trusting of everybody. The tragic flaw that Brutus possess causes the start of his downfall because being naive let all of the things Cassius tells Brutus to get into his head. With letting all of the thing Cassius tells him get to his head Brutus believes that Caesar is a horrible person and must die because Cassius tells Brutus that Caesar is a tyrant and must die, even though he loves Caesar his naive nature lets him become part of Cassius’ plan. Another time Brutus’ naive nature get him in trouble is when he lets Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral. His naive nature gets him in trouble because Antony comes in after the conspirators kill Caesar and he goes around to shake each one of their hands and make peace with all of them. Then Antony asks if he can speak at Caesar 's funeral and immediately Brutus replies, “You shall, Mark Antony” this is where his naive nature is going to hurt brutus because Antony is going to get the crowd to turn on the conspirators with his speech but Brutus does not realize this because Antony has become friends with them and acts so nice towards them right now(III,i,231). A third example of Brutus’ naive nature is when the conspirators put letters into his window and on his chair at the senate. They do this so Brutus thinks people really want him to be king not Caesar. This is playing with Brutus’s naive …show more content…
One tragic recognition Brutus has is that he acts rashly about killing Caesar. Brutus thinks the conspirators act rashly when they kill Caesar because they do not know how Caesar would act if he would become king because he never because king. They just act out of pure impulsive and do not think through their actions and this is the part that troubles Brutus no taking a step back and instead just going for it. A second tragic recognition Brutus has is he realizes that his great friendship with Cassius is gone. Brutus realizes this because when Cassius comes into his tent they start to fight about stuff because Cassius is taking bribes. With the fighting and disagreements it cause Brutus to realizes that his friendship with Cassius is dissolving. When the ghost of Caesar comes to Brutus and tells him that he will see him at Philippi Brutus realizes that this is an omen. This omen is representing that Brutus is going to die at Philippi and this will avenge

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