The Tragic Hero Of Julius Caesar Essay

1377 Words May 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Happy endings are not synonymous with tragic heros. By definition a tragic hero is a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. In the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus plays one such character. “Brutus is usually acknowledged as the central character of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar”(Simmons 61).William Shakespeare portrays him using these five basic components of a tragic hero: traditional elements, complexity of a hero, the character’s inner turmoil, a character’s choices, and how the character’s problems often concern the difference between the reasons for an action and its outcome.
Traditional elements is the first principle of a tragic hero. Typically, this kind of character is usually of noble birth. Marcus Brutus had a legendary ancestor, Lucius Junius Brutus, who helped to establish the Roman Republic. Due to his association with this ancestor, Brutus was respected. Brutus wanted to keep this democracy. “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 a king”(I.i. 158-161). Another part of the traditional elements of a tragic hero is a character who suffers a catastrophe . Brutus encounters a dilemma between his loyalty to his friend, Julius Caesar, and his loyalty to his country. Contrary to the group of conspirators who wanted to kill Caesar for their own self interests, Brutus decides to…

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