Essay on The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar

1074 Words May 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a play by the popular sixteenth century author and playwright, William Shakespeare, which describes the assassination of the Roman leader, Julius Caesar. Although the title of the play suggests the main character is Julius Caesar, the play actually revolves around the nobleman, Marcus Brutus. Many consider Brutus to be a tragic hero, because of his noble ancestry and the catastrophic choices he makes.
Brutus descended from the founder of the Roman Republic, Lucius Junius Brutus, and because of this Brutus tried his best to maintain democracy in Rome. When Caius Cassius approached Brutus and explained to him that he believed Caesar was a threat to Roman democracy, Brutus, being a close friend to Caesar was unsure. However, when Cassius used the line,”There was a Brutus once that would have brooked/ Th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome” (I.ii.159-160), Brutus was reminded of his ancestors and did not want Caesar to destroy the democracy his family had spent generations creating. Brutus’ strong adherence to Rome, as well as his gullibility, blinded him to the fact that many of the other members of Cassius’ conspiracy had different intentions than he did. He later found out that most of the conspirators killed Caesar in hope of making personal gain politically and economically, and asked Cassius,”Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake?/ What villain touched his body, that did stab,/ And not for justice?” (IV.iii.19-21).

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