William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar Essay

1619 Words May 7th, 2016 7 Pages
The actor who played Superman in the 1978 Superman movie, Christopher Reeve, once said “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” In William Shakespeare’s, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus, one of the main characters, is considered to be the hero. He is considered as a tragic hero to be specific. Just as Christopher Reeve’s quote said, Brutus found strength to persevere in spite of the difficult choices he had to make. Brutus’s tough choices to betray his friend were all for the good of Rome and for the people. To begin, based on Shakespeare’s definition, a tragic hero is a person, usually of noble birth, who suffers a catastrophe. Firstly, Marcus Brutus is considered a tragic hero because he is most certainly of noble birth. “There was a Brutus once that would have brooked th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome as easily as a king.” (I.ii.158-161) This quote from the play is saying that Marcus Brutus is the descendant of the famous Lucius Junius Brutus. In 509 B.C.E., Junius played a part in founding the Republic after he helped kick out the last king of Rome from power. Because of the great things his ancestor Junius did for the good of Rome, Brutus felt it was his responsibility to keep the Republic alive. However, this is Brutus’s tragic flaw. A tragic flaw in defined as a personal shortcoming that influences a hero’s choices leading to the catastrophe. The tragic flaw of…

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