Theme Of Arrogance In Julius Caesar

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Hubris is the quality of thinking that one is superior to others. This characteristic can be very hazardous to have since it makes one more vulnerable to dangers. In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the conspirators planned on killing Julius Caesar and succeeded. Although there were many times in which people tried to warn Caesar about the conspirators, he still fell. It can be seen that Caesar’s tragic flaw, which was arrogance, led to his demise, which was the destruction of his heart. Throughout the first 3 Acts of the play, Julius Caesar demonstrates how he is arrogant in many ways. One example is when Caesar said, “He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass”. (I.ii.29) During this part of the play, Caesar calls the Soothsayer …show more content…
First, Caesar ignores the Soothsayer’s warning. Then, he decides to go to the Capitol despite Calphurnia’s warning. Finally, Caesar makes fun of the Soothsayer and Artemidorus when they try to warn Caesar at the last minute. All of those examples of Caesar’s tragic flaw led to his demise, which was the breaking of his heart. As described by Mark Antony: “For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel. Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him! This was the most unkindest cut of all. For when the noble Caesar saw him stab, ingratitude, more strong than traitors’ arms, quite vanquished him. Then burst his mighty heart”. (III.ii.193-198) In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the tragic hero was Julius Caesar. His tragic flaw which was arrogance, caused him to become unaware of the devious plan of the conspirators. By ridiculing and disregarding the people who are trying to save his life, Caesar puts his life and heart in danger. In the end, Brutus ends up breaking Caesar’s heart by stabbing him. If there is a lesson that can be taken from Caesar’s tragedy, it is that one should not be arrogant since it can make useful knowledge

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