The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a classic play written by none other than William Shakespeare. In this play, the downfall of a well-respected and honorable man is dramatically displayed in printed words. Although, many readers speculate whether Julius Caesar himself is truly the undeniable tragic hero of this play. Another character, Brutus, is introduced and serves as a foil to Caesar. Brutus is purportedly an honorable man and a good friend of Caesar who has pride for Rome and the republic.
Brutus was also known as an honorable man. Even after he killed Caesar, people said, “Let him be Caesar,” (Shakespeare 45). When Antony found Brutus’ dead body during the civil war that was started he said, “This was the noblest Roman of them all,” (Shakespeare 78) Antony actually felt like Brutus was a good person.Lord of The Flies and Julius Caesar took place in two totally different times, yet Brutus and Ralph are very similar characters. Lord of The Flies takes place at the start of the second world war. Julius Caesar takes place during the time where guns were not even invented and people had to travel by horse.
An Aristotelian tragic hero is a character born of noble birth and, by destiny, has a tragic flaw that inevitably leads to his or her downfall and redeems his or herself by the end of the tragedy. For one to consider a play a tragedy, the character of the play must be noble, and the play typically starts off with happiness and wealth. The play ends with sadness and the hero has a tragic flaw that causes their downfall. In The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth fits the definition of an Aristotelian tragic hero. Macbeth is a tragic hero because he starts by being loyal and trustworthy, develops a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall, and he redeems a small measure of himself before he dies.
His use of logical appeals weakened his credibility because it seemed like he was putting the blame on other people instead of taking responsibility for his own actions. Through Brutus 's piece, he uses ethos appeals to build his argument as to why he did the heinous act of helping murder caesar. Two examples of how brutus used ethos appeals can be seen when caesar explains why he made the choice he did. “Not that I loved caesar less, but that I loved rome more.” (shakespeare,3,1) Another example of how brutus tried to use ethos to persuade the people of rome can be seen in stanza four. “Who is here so vile that
Although Faustus is a brilliant scholar, he becomes a tragic hero by the end of the play due to Faustus’ failure to recognize Lucifer and Mephistopheles’ deceitful influence. They take advantage of the fact that Faustus thinks very highly of himself and will go as far as to sell his soul to the devil to prove that he is the amazing scholar and hero that he believes himself to be. At the beginning of the play, Faustus is deemed to be a hero. He is a scholar of theology, medicine, law, and logic. But, despite his scholarly achievements, he is still humble and true to himself.
Analysis 5. Conclusion Tragic hero as defined by Aristotle A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that leads to his/her own devastation. In reading Antigone, Medea and Hamlet, we observe the role of justice or revenge and it is the influence on each character’s choices when analyzing any “judgment error.” Aristotle says that "A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall." In accordance with Aristotelian tragic hero who has specific characteristics, five of which are below: 1) Flaw or error of judgment (hamartia). 2) A reversal of fortune (peripeteia).
Would you trust someone who kills their best friend for the good of their country or some guy who thinks they knew the leader? Exactly, you would want and trust a leader who would do anything for the good of their country. Julius Caesar was murder by Brutus and the other conspirators but they said it was for the good of Rome. Brutus and Antony both gave a speeches over Julius Caesars death to appeal to the plebeians. Brutus funeral speech was a more effective speech than Antony because his use of ethos, pathos, and logos made the plebeians focus on his words more.
In the Elizabethan era crime and punishment was one of the most important things to keep the order in society. Crime and punishment in the Elizabethan era has much to do with Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet. The banishment of Romeo after he killed Tybalt in the streets of Verona should have led to Romeo 's execution but got away with a lesser penalty. Later in the play, Romeo says that he would have rather been killed than to be away from Juliet, which shows that the crime and punishment worked well by giving him the worst possible, while still humane punishment. Many lives were taken over the course of the play, none of which were punished with execution.
Brutus Versus Himself Morality is the subjective view of that which is ethically right and which is ethically wrong. During the Elizabethan time period, there was a great split in the general perception of what people viewed as right and viewed as wrong, especially when comparing the upper and the lower classes. Many artists and playwrights based their work upon these ideas and gave their own social commentary on things. In the great tragedy Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare uses the character of Brutus along with Caesar in order to depict the the struggle of morality of man as well as the relationship between fate versus free will of humanity. Shakespeare was one of the if not the most popular playwrights from the Elizabethan time period.
Caesar wins over the people of Rome by self-flattery and acting great and noble after his various conquers and battles. They are gullible to his actions and insist he should be crowned King. The conspirators are fully aware of this, but they also know that the citizens respect Brutus more than any other senator bar Caesar. They believe getting Brutus in on the conspiracy will bring more diversity and trust to their group, and will make the people respect their decision to kill Caesar when they have Brutus on their side. "The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars", this clever line from Cassius is a way he indicates to Brutus that Caesar must be stopped.