The Role Of The Real Hero In Julius Caesar

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Who is the Real Hero in Julius Caesar? Julius Caesar, written in 1599 by William Shakespeare, is a great play based on real Roman history. The play does not only tell the story, but also brings the audience back to the time period to experience and judge Caesar’s death with their own eyes. There are many ways to look at truth, because there is no right or wrong. Shakespeare named the play Julius Caesar but wrote about Brutus’s tragedy, which causes the reader to question who the hero is and how the hero contributes to the tragedy.
Julius Caesar is the main character in the play, who is a tragic hero whose flaw is pride. Caesar is born into a noble family and plays an important role in Rome’s development. He is the one who fights for Rome and
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“Brutus, who is noble and honorable in intent, is a patriot who can sacrifice his life for his country” (Burt). His loyalty, however, is the flaw that makes Brutus suffer until his death when he is doomed by his own actions and character. He has good intentions about making Rome a better country; the problem, however, is that he thinks he does the right thing, but he does not. “Believing in the man, who says he can bring a better life without asking for advice, is impossible” ( He loves Caesar but instead chooses Rome, because Brutus loves his country more, more than his own life. He loves Rome and all the Romans so much that he will do anything for them. He says, “If it be aught toward the general good, set honor in one eye and death I’ th” other” (Shakespeare 19). His life, however, is full of tragedies because even though he kills Caesar for the sake of Rome, he is human. It is hard for him to kill his close friend. How he can go through all of his emotions to stab Caesar is astounding. Brutus cries for Caesar, feels pity for him, and it breaks his heart, but nobody sees his pain. Cassius takes advantage of Brutus’s love for Rome, and this results in Brutus’s role as a tragic hero. Cassius challenges Brutus’s faith in Caesar by saying that Brutus can be a better king. He says, “I have heard many of the best respect in Rome, except immortal Caesar, speaking of Brutus and groaning underneath this age’s yoke, have wished that noble Brutus had his eyes” (Shakespeare 17). Sadly, Brutus chooses to put his faith in Cassius, and when he realizes his flaw, Brutus kills himself as a punishment for what he has done. This is an honorable ending for an honorable man. His fault is that he cannot make Rome any better than Caesar did, because he brings his country into war again. When

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