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Marcus Brutus: The Tragic Hero In The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar

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In Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the title leads the mind to believe that Caesar is the tragic hero; however, this is not the case. The noble Brutus is a much more accurate fit for the role of tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character with a tragic flaw that goes from good fortune to complete misfortune in a fairly quick downfall. Although some may argue that Caesar fits this depiction, Brutus is a better choice. He goes from the top of the social standings to international scumbag when he joins the conspirators and murders Caesar, his friend. After allowing Antony to speak in Caesar’s funeral, the entire country turns against him and he is forced to flee Rome. His ...view middle of the document...

He doesn’t think things through enough to suspect a thing. He gets cocky and has his ego so insanely boosted that the conspirators took hold of his mind. Even Brutus’s knowledge is flawed. When speaking at Caesar’s funeral, he feeds the public a ridiculous explanation for the assassination of his friend. “There is tears, for his love; joy, for his fortune; honor, for his valor; and death for his ambition” (948). Caesar was brutally murdered for his ambition. Nowadays, people wish they could be ambitious, yet Caesar was murdered for it? Even the mindless Roman citizens, after Antony’s speech, came to realize that ambition was hardly something to die for.
In a tragedy, the tragic hero always has a downfall and sense of enlightenment by the end. Brutus’s downfall is horrid enough that it has made it this far in history. It is a fall that people will always study and remember. Brutus starts out as a popular man, a friend of Caesar. People think very highly of him, he has a strong relationship with his wife, and he lives in Rome, which he loves deeply. After murdering Caesar, Brutus has the nerve to speak at his funeral and tell the people of Rome that he had a right to kill him; however, Antony talks sense into citizens in his famous speech. All of Rome soon considers him and his counterparts to be traitors, enough so that they become a murderous mob. “We’ll burn the house of Brutus” (956). Just moments before, the citizens were on his side, looking up to him. With just one well-delivered speech, he loses all social standing. Brutus has a close relationship with his wife Portia. He trusts her enough to tell her about the conspiracy, and she loves him enough to stab her leg for him. “No man bears sorrow better. Portia is dead” (972). Losing a dear wife is enough to hurt any man, even the noble Brutus. He has to live knowing she swallowed hot coals because of him. That is a heavy burden to bear. Lastly, he loses his home. Due to the mob of haters, he must flee from Rome to Philippi. He loves Rome, but he knows it isn’t safe for him there, so he runs away with the other conspirators. By the end of the play, Antony’s army is fighting against Brutus’s army. His friends commit suicide,...

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