He came to the conclusion that killing Caesar was the right thing to do, not just for himself but for the public’s greater good. His reasoning is because he believes that if Caesar is ruler, than everyone would become slaves to him. Brutus says in Act V, “I found no man but he was true to me. I shall have glory by this losing day more than Octavius and Mark Antony by this vile conquest shall attain unto.” Brutus calls his own time of death because he sees Octavius and Antony’s victory as Rome’s freedom being stripped. Brutus accepts his death with honor because he believes killing himself rather than his enemies killing him is honorable/loyal.
In Julius Caesar, the noblest person throughout the entire play seems to be Brutus. He, by Antony, is called "an honorable man", because most honorable and honest people tend to think that other people live by the same standards as they do. Brutus trusts Cassius and lets himself be convinced that Caesar must die to preserve everything that goes along with the democratic rule in Rome. To him, killing someone he calls a friend is seen as a sad, but necessary sacrifice for the people. Brutus can be seen as someone who brings about the peace that is needed within the Roman Empire when the people start to realize that Julius is going to destroy the empire if he isn't stopped or at least killed.
While some may argue that Brutus embodies these qualities, Brutus allowed flattery and ambition to corrupt his ideas. “Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that ‘Caesar’? Why should that name be sounded more than yours?” (1.2.140). Brutus allowed Cassius to talk him into killing Caesar, and believed that he should be loved and supported as much as Caesar. Brutus knew that with Caesar out of the way, he would become the people's
William Shakespeare, one of history’s legendary writers, created the play Macbeth with a tragedy that still burns with pity and sadness for Macbeth to this very day. From Macbeth’s tragic flaws, his continuous errors in judgement, to his complete downfall, this character actively demonstrates many characteristics of a Shakespearean tragic hero. The character Macbeth is a tragic hero in the play Macbeth. One of the reasons how Macbeth is a tragic hero is by his tragic flaws. In the play, the audience receives a sense of Macbeth’s ambition from this quote: “I have no spur/to prick the sides of my intent, but only/vaulting ambition, which overlaps itself/and falls on the others” (1,7,25-28).
William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a play written to describe the death of Julius Caesar and the trials that happen after. Although the story is written with the intention of focusing on the effect of Julius Caesar on the people of Rome, it indirectly focuses on Marcus Brutus and the consequences of his decision to kill Caesar. I believe Brutus was misunderstood in much of the work. Throughout the play, he was portrayed as a murderer and a backstabber rather than a noble man who faced much inner turmoil over the situations he was put into. I sympathize with Brutus considering that he is blamed for the death of a tremendous leader.
Another example is in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar when Brutus joins the conspirators in killing Caesar, he betrayed Caesar for the good of the Republic of Rome. Those were examples of good betrayal, but their are also bad betrayals that were very uncalled for. Part of the reason why
Throughout many of Shakespeare’s plays and tragedies, a tragic hero shines though the story and is identified as the character who possesses a flaw that eventually leads to their defeat or death. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, there has been much debate about who is the tragic hero in this play. Many people agree that Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero; however, others argue it is Caius Cassius. After examining these two specific characters, a conclusion is more easily drawn. Marcus Brutus can be identified as the tragic hero of this play because he is a person that has heroic qualities such as nobility and affection; however, it is his strong love for his country and people that lead to his disastrous demise.
It is clear to see here that Brutus was justified in killing Caesar because his intentions are good. Another example is when Brutus is asked to join the assassins, and he says “If these be motives weak, break off betimes, And every man hence to his idle bed; so let high-sighted tyranny range on” (JC 2.1.121-123). A clearer version of what he is saying, is that it is the duty of every Roman man to prevent tyranny from surviving. He also states that if the man’s intentions are not good, then they should not participate in the execution of the task. This is directed towards some of the other assassins because he knew many of them had poor intentions.
“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength but by the strength of his heart.” –Unknown. With a tragic flaw and the realization of a mistake that is too far gone to fix Marcus Brutus show the amount of strength he has through his heart. Brutus is clearly the tragic hero. Brutus finds himself with a tragic flaw. After Cassius asks Brutus to join the conspirator and help kill Caesar Brutus says he will think about it.
In the play Julius Caesar, the character Brutus is known as the tragic hero. A tragic hero is someone who is born of a noble birth. This person has heroic or may have potential heroic qualities. They’re also fated by the Gods or someone higher up to doom and destruction. In Julius Caesar, Brutus stabs Caesar in the back, literally.