William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar Essay

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In William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus possesses all of the traits of a tragic hero in the eyes of Aristotle. Brutus is the perfect candidate for a tragic hero, containing all of the tragic hero traits. This includes nobility, peripeteia, anagnorisis, and catharsis. Between everything Brutus does for the people of Rome, he shows anyone that he is the most noble of them all. He definitely proves himself to be an honorable man. Out of all the things that describe Brutus, noble is a good choice overall. Brutus is a highly complex character considering that he was one of the conspirators involved in the assassination of Julius Caesar. He is honorable but evil, a villain and a hero, loved and hated all at the same time. Brutus loves Caesar, but hates the fact that he is in power over Rome. Brutus, is Caesar’s servant but is like a son to Caesar. Once Caesar is dead, while Brutus explains the reasoning behind Caesar’s assassination, he tells the crowd, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I / loved Rome more.” (III.ii.21-22). By saying this, Brutus acknowledges that he loves Caesar, but fears his power and that his main loyalty is to the people of Rome. Over time, Brutus gains Caesar’s trust yet at the same time is the one of the main conspirators involved in the assassination. Brutus feels guilty but honored at the same time. When things do not go as well as planned the people of Rome become enraged. Towards the end of the play, Brutus pleads to be…

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