Does Brutus “Qualify” as a Tragic Hero? Essay

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Does Brutus “qualify” as a tragic hero?

Marcus Brutus does qualify as the tragic hero in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. A tragic hero is a good or even great man and thus wins our sympathy causing catharsis. A tragic hero displays hamartia— the hero makes a mistake causing the downfall of his fortune. A tragic hero usually brings suffering and death to other characters, even a whole country. Finally, a tragic hero goes into a situation in which there is no getting out of because of the decisions he has made. Marcus Brutus has many characteristics of a tragic hero thus making him the tragic hero in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is a good, even great man and thus wins
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Finally, when he and his wife, Portia, were having a conversation after the conspirators left their house. Portia wanted to know why the conspirators were at their house. Brutus, being the loving, caring Roman that he is decided that it was best for Portia not to know about the conspiracy because in his opinion she has too much stress in her life. Later, in act 4 scene 3, Brutus tells the other men that Portia is dead because she was impatient with Brutus being gone for so long and was scared that Brutus was going to die because Octavius and Marc Antony’s army’s have gotten very strong, so she committed suicide by swallowing hot coals. All of these scenarios are hamartia because Brutus made a mistake and they all lead to the downfall of his fortune. Brutus brought death and suffering to other characters, as well as the whole country of Rome. Brutus killed Caesar for, in his opinion, the greater good, which brought suffering to the people of Rome because their hero/leader was killed by him. Furthermore, he started a war within Rome because Julius Caesar was dead and he was one of the conspirators that killed him. Brutus also got himself into a situation that there was no getting out of because of the decisions that he made. Brutus defiantly was in a situation where there was no escape

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