Essay about Marcus Brutus : The Tragic Hero

1235 Words May 7th, 2016 5 Pages
The Noble Brutus Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by Julius Caesar. A tragic hero is defined as someone of noble birth with heroic characteristics. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus faces a very difficult decision. He must choose between the good of the people in Rome, and the life of his best friend. His decision to kill Caesar leads to chaos in Rome which forces him to make even more difficult decisions. The fact that Brutus holds true to his beliefs, no matter the cost makes him the tragic hero in the play. Marcus Brutus was born into a very noble family, this is the first element of a tragic hero. His ancestor Junius Brutus created the Roman Republic by fighting the Tarquin Kings. This was incredibly important to Rome, as it brought the Roman people freedom. Cassius said, “O, you and I have heard our fathers say, There was a Brutus once that would have brooked Th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome as easily as king.” (I.ii.158-161). In this quote, Cassius is highlighting the fact that everybody in Rome knows about Brutus’ ancestor, this shows the reader how important and credible Marcus Brutus is. The Roman people were very proud of their government and freedoms that Junius Brutus gave them, naturally giving Marcus Brutus respect due to his ancestor. Marcus Brutus especially held his government and freedom dear to his heart. So much so that he would go to extreme lengths to preserve it, and kill his own best friend. This…

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