However some may postulate that Brutus was a noble man in killing Caesar and “saving” Rome. After all Caesar was becoming an overeager tyrant that wanted to take over Rome. Brutus was benevolent in saving the republic rather than let a ruthless tyrant rule Rome. This argument fails to consider that Caesar “hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.”(5.1.87-88) Caesar sympathized with the poor: “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept” (3.2.88). Caesar had even bestowed a sum of money from his personal holdings upon every man in Rome. (3.3.33-34) “Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,His private arbors and new-planted orchards, On this side Tiber. He hath left them you and to your heirs forever—common pleasures,To walk abroad and recreate yourselves.” (3.2.238-241) A man such as Caesar would have been good for Rome, but his premature death stunted the growth of what Rome could have been. Caesar would have never been killed if it weren’t for Brutus and his selfish ways.
In Shakespeare 's “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, Brutus is presented as the tragic hero. He fits all of the criteria and requirements of a tragic hero. He is presented as the protagonist who has a tragic flaw that causes him to make decisions that lead to his death. Brutus is given several opportunities to turn back from mistakes but he never does. Brutus understands his inevitable fate of death when it is brought upon him.
And while Brutus did work in part with other conspirators, which eventually led to him killing Caesar, he did it for a more morally sound reason which was that Caesar was going to cause the downfall of Rome because he was too ambitious, which is ironic because Caesar's death led to a string of unfit leaders, and civil unrest that eventually led to the downfall of the roman empire. Brutus was also focused on preventing corruption. “The name of Cassius honors this corruption,/ And chastisement doth therefore hide his head (IV.iii.15-6)...Remember March, the ides of March remember./ Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake” (IV.iii.18-9). But in the end, Brutus felt he had not made an honorable use of Caesar’s death and realized he made a mistake so he took his own life, and unlike Cassius, he died an honorable death for honorable reasons. “This was the noblest Roman of them all./ All the conspirators save only he/ Did that they did in envy of great Caesar./ He only in a general honest thought/ And common good to all, made one of them”
People complain that Brutus is just as bad as Caesar, yet Brutus does it for justice of the people. While others explain that the Roman empire will fall due to Brutus’s actions, others will say that he has a high respect of the citizens, and the citizens would know he did the deed for the better good. While some may bicker about Brutus making predictions about the future, he is simply trying to prevent tyranny to get ahold of Rome and the empire. Brutus is the perfect example of anyone in the world, who wants to do the better good for everyone.
Julius Caesar, is a play based on the true events that occurred in Roman history. The play follows the fictional lives of Caesar and his people leading up to, and after his assassination. Several characters can be labeled as both villainous and heroic at different points in the play due to their actions, however, this does not apply to the character of Marcus Junius Brutus, who remains a hero through the entire play. Brutus is a hero for several reasons, The first reason Brutus is considered to be a hero is because he continuously stands up for what he believes in. Secondly, it is clear that Brutus is a hero because he kills himself as a sacrifice to the roman public. Finally, the third reason that Brutus is a hero is because he process several heroic qualities and attributed unlike the other conspirators and characters in the play. Therefore, it is clear that despite different opinions regarding the character of Brutus he is the hero of Julius Caesar. (7 sentences) 168
Caesar contained few characteristics of a tragic hero compared to Brutus. “I rather tell what is to be feared than what I fear; / For always I am Caesar” (Shakespeare I.2.211-212). Caesar, like Brutus, is hubris and thinks fondly of himself. Caesar, so far, only expresses one tragic hero quality. This does not necessarily mean he cannot be a tragic hero. Only having one characteristic just means a character with more tragic hero qualities would be a greater bet.
In conclusion, Brutus is not a villain. His conscience tells him that what he did was wrong and something had to be done about it, which ends in him killing himself. He shows lots of compassion throughout The Tragedy of Julius Caesar(JC) by William
Act three of Julius Caesar, a play written by William Shakespeare, is the climax of the plot. Julius Caesar has just been assassinated and so the conspirators move on to the bigger problem at hand: convincing the people of Rome that they are sacrifices not murderers. Once Brutus addresses Caesar's ambitious nature and his need to fall from power, Antony is given permission to say a few words for Caesar. Although, Antony had shaken hands with the conspirators and smiled at them he also prophesized that civil war and chaos will plague Rome. In his carefully crafted speech, Antony uses repetition as part of his rhetoric to inspire the Roman citizens into revolting against the conspirators.
Does Brutus’s idealism make him a traitor to Rome or the BIggest Roman Hero? Brutus’s idealism made him believe that Rome was in danger in history and in Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar” which caused him to betray his friend, Caesar. Brutus’s fear for the Roman Republic caused him to betray his friend who may have became a tyrant without being killed. This caused anarchy among them instead of actually helping the republic, good job Brutus. He even says that he fears for the people if they choose Caesar as a king. Brutus has negatively affected the outlook of Rome and created more harm than good for the situation. Not only did it harm Rome, but it brought his own demise and hallucinations of Caesar’s ghost.
One can say that the actions of a hero do not go well with the actions of the misguided, but when the actions of the hero and the misguided come together, they form a tragic hero. In most of William Shakespeare's plays, there is a tragic hero; a person who possess a tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall. In the play, Julius Caesar, the tragic hero can easily be identified as Marcus Brutus. When analysing the play, one will find that Brutus is the only one who fits the characteristics of a tragic hero. These characteristics are his Noble Personality, his Tragic Flaw, and the pity we feel for his honourable death.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, a Shakespearean play and representation of the assassination of Caesar, is a well written and developed story in which the build up of the characters is very well done. As a matter of fact, the developing of Brutus, the tragic hero on the play, is one of the most important characters and therefore one of the better explained and exposed. Brutus is a character that is marked with three traits that allow him to be the one responsible for Caesar's assassination. Indeed, Brutus is naive, well-intended and hypocrite, as seen when the conspirators convince him to be part of it, and be one of the most important figures in it.
Also, the main character had to be a high-ranking or dignified person with a tragic flaw that caused their downfall. Finally, the work had to end with the death of the main character. These elements are all clearly seen in Shakespeare’s play, but the elements that create a tragic hero are not as obvious. To be categorized as a tragic hero, the character must have been physically or spiritually wounded resulting in their death, be a king or a leader of men that resulted in their followers falling with them, must learn something from their mistake, be faced with a serious decision, and, oftentimes, have supernatural involvement. Based on these traits, there are multiple tragic heroes in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Although Julius Caesar is often thought of as the only tragic hero in the play, Brutus is the greatest tragic hero because of his physical and spiritual wounds, the decisions he had to make, and being a leader of men that fell with
A character who makes a judgement or error that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction, defines a tragic hero, according to Aristotle. In William Shakespeare’s writings, one character generally identifies as a tragic hero. Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, comes from the true events that took place in Rome during the time that Caesar rose and gained power as dictator. After Pompey’s death in Egypt; caused by each of their power-hungry desires, Caesar declared himself dictator of Rome. Although, with Pompey’s death, many remained loyal to him as opposed to Caesar, that then led to the plot of Caesar’s assassination. In the play few characters share traits of a tragic hero. Certain characteristics;
In the “Tragedy of Julius Caesar,” Marc Antony once said, “The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interrèd with their bones.” I agree that people are remembered by what bad they did, and not the good. Brutus is an example of only being remembered for killing Julius Caesar, although others may argue he is remembered for his good. Another person that is remembered for the evil they did was Osama Bin Laden. According to an article written by History.com Staff “9/11 Attacks,” Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization funded the attacks on September 11, 2001. These attacks caused havoc on the United States of America, and even after Bin Laden’s death, scars remain.
The term tragic hero is a character of noble birth who can emphasize with the audience by qualities. A tragic hero must create a situation that he or she can not change. According to Aristotle there are also certain characteristics in which a tragic hero must convey through their actions. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth some may see Macbeth as an antagonist, but Macbeth is a tragic hero because he holds high positions and works his way to more, recognizes his flaw, and shows responsibility for his doom.