Examples Of Brutus As A Tragic Hero

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Tragic Hero Essay The tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is a play of a tragic hero in this play that is Marcus Brutus. To be a tragic hero that person must have a tragic flaw which in this case has to do with Brutus’s fellow conspirators in their actual intentions of Killing Julius Caesar. Junius Brutus is a very important person to the people of Rome also Marcus Brutus’s ancestor. Junius freed Rome from the tyrannical tarquin kings and in doing so he established the democracy Rome had for many years. Since Brutus is related to Junius Brutus he is very noble person and loved by his people, having a noble background is another trait to being a tragic hero. Shakespeare states Brutus’s nobility and ancestry in his play as he …show more content…
“Antony’s generous nature, ambition, and love of glory would respond to the noble example set by the conspirators.” (Simmons 65) Another of Brutus’s sub category flaws is that he sometimes will believe people are as noble as he is. This is proven in the play by Brutus not killing Antony and also letting him speak at Caesar’s funeral. Brutus thought he would just say his goodbyes and have great speech in honor of Caesar instead he started a war. “Secure in the knowledge that he has acted in all sincerity and for the good of his country.” (Shalvi 72). As Antony spoke he changed the plebeians minds and turned them against the conspirators. Brutus left Antony alone with the people and let him have his say with them. Which was another choice that led to a negative outcome because Antony started the war and Brutus gave him the power to do it. During the war Antony and his men were on their way to Brutus and Cassius so they had to discuss battle strategy and there is when Brutus makes his next mistake. Cassius wanted to stay back and let Antony and Octavius come to them but, Brutus did not believe him and thought that if they let the men come they would gain followers and be too strong to defeat. Cassius let Brutus have his way and they went to meet the opposing side. “It is but change, Titinius; for Octavius is overthrown by noble …show more content…
He trusted his fellow conspirators and they lied and betrayed him, they all killed Caesar. Brutus killed his best friend and the conspirators killed an ambitious, selfish, power hungry dictator. The conspirators were scared and jealous of all the power and publicity Caesar had and was gaining. They used Brutus’s trust against him and got half of what they wanted but, in the end there was a civil war that they lost, Octavius gained all the power as emperor, Brutus lost his democracy, and the rest of the conspirators lost the lives of Cassius and

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