Brutus Flaws In Julius Caesar

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Flaws. Everyone has them. Even play characters have them, especially Brutus from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. His tragic flaw – a flaw that leads to one’s demise – is his struggle to keep up his reputation as someone who was noble. This eventually led to him giving up and killing himself. When Brutus was taken to see Cassius’ dead body, he very clearly said, “Friends, I owe moe tears / To this dead man than you shall see me pay” (Shakespeare 649). He said this to keep it a secret that he is miserable about Cassius’ unfortunate death. He never wanted to tell anyone how he was feeling in order for the soldiers serving under him to have someone strong, noble, and brave to look up to. Being depressed wasn’t a part of their criteria. Brutus then saw his doom because of what actions he took. He knew that, in the end, he wouldn’t be able to take the pain of guilt and suffering anymore, and ended up asking around for someone to help him end his life. Brutus said to those who, “I know my hour has come” (Shakespeare 651). He knew that, after feeling all this remorse, all this pain, it was time for him to leave, time for him to die. He did not want anyone else to die because of him. Brutus’…show more content…
He only ever wanted to kill Caesar and go to war against Antony and Octavius because he wanted to “protect” Rome. He explained in Act 2, “Oh, Rome, I make thee promise / If the redress will follow, thou receives / Thy full petition at the hands of Brutus” (Shakespeare 573). Here, Brutus was explaining how if Rome ever needed anything, Brutus would personally do it. And during Julius Caesar, he lived up to his promise, killing Caesar and trying to stop Antony and Octavius from taking over Rome. But this fault also caused Brutus’ demise. With him trying to do anything (and he did anything) to protect Rome, which caused Cassius to be killed, Brutus to bottle up emotions, and in the end, Brutus killing
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