The Tragic Hero Of Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare Essay

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Tragic Hero Essay In his play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare describes his idea of a tragic hero. The “soon to be” Roman emperor is brutally murdered by Brutus and the fellow conspirators. The fate of Rome was passed into their hands, but determined by Brutus’ actions. Brutus, Shakespeare’s tragic hero, had to make important decisions that decided his fate. Shakespeare introduces his tragic hero by incorporating the traditional elements of a tragic hero into the play. He starts by explaining that Brutus comes from the noble family of Junius Brutus, who overthrew the tyrannical Tarquin kings and established a republic in Rome. He states, “There was a Brutus once that would have brooked th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome as easily as a king” (I. ii. 159-161). This is showing how Brutus’ ancestor would have done anything to keep the democracy in Rome. Another traditional element Shakespeare incorporates is, the fact that he suffered a catastrophe. Brutus realizes that the conspirators were not killing Caesar for noble reasons or to keep the democracy, but for their own reasons. He realizes this when he is complaining to and arguing with Cassius about how he does not respect him anymore. It crushed Brutus when he realizes this and he is very hurt and feels betrayed. Shakespeare has Brutus state, “Remember March, the ides of March remember. Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake? What villain touched his body, that did stab, and not for…

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