Essay on Marcus Brutus As A Tragic Hero

1474 Words May 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Marcus Brutus plays an important role throughout “Julius Caesar”. The main conflict in “Julius Caesar” is regarding Brutus and the choices that he makes. In his plays, William Shakespeare has set up an intricate model of a “tragic hero”. A tragic hero is a person who is usually of noble birth that suffers a catastrophe. William Shakespeare uses traditional elements to portray these tragic heroes, and he uses new ideas as well to make his more complex. To contribute to the catastrophe that he suffers, Brutus makes his own choices. He also has a tragic flaw, which influences the choices that he makes. Brutus makes his decisions based on what he thinks will happen in retaliation, but often times, it is the opposite that occurs. Brutus was born a noble man, so it seems fitting that he should stay one. His ancestor was Junius Brutus, who was a very influential figure in his time. Junius removed the Tarquin Kings from Rome. He also helped set up the Roman democracy that is portrayed in “Julius Caesar”. Junius’s popularity among the people also helped earn Marcus Brutus a portion of the respect that the citizens had held for him. In this play, Marcus Brutus is just trying to preserve the democracy that his ancestor set up. “That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder, whereto the climber upward turns his face; but when he once attains the upmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back, looks into the clouds, scorning the base degrees”(II.i.23-26). Brutus is stating that…

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