Essay on William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar

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In William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar he uses a complex character, Marcus Brutus to demonstrate the idea of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a person of noble birth who suffers a catastrophe. Shakespeare displays the idea of a tragic hero by including his traditional elements, adding complexity to Brutus, and presenting him with an internal conflict. In this case, Shakespeare uses the concept of a tragic flaw to establish his interpretation of a tragic hero. An ancestor of Marcus Brutus is Junius Brutus. Junius Brutus made a large impact in history. His claim to fame is overthrowing tyrannical kings and developing Rome’s democracy. His significance in history is seen when the play states, “O, you and I have heard our fathers say, there was a Brutus once that would have brook’d the eternal devil to keep his state in Rome...” (I.ii.157-160). This quote represents his vitality in the the overthrowing of the tyrannical kings and building of the democracy. The naive and trusting Brutus suffers a catastrophe in the play. Brutus undergoes this devastation when he comes to the conclusion that the conspirators did not kill Caesar for the same noble reasons that he did. Brutus’s distress is shown when he asserts “Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake? What villain touch’d his body, that did stab, and not for justice? What, shall one of us that struck the foremost man of all this world but for supporting robbers, shall we now contaminate our fingers with…

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