Julius Caesar Tragic Hero

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A tragic hero is defined as someone who “is of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. This person is fated by the Gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction or at least to great suffering. But the hero struggles mightily against this fate and this cosmic conflict wins our admiration.” (Tragic Hero Classical Definition) In Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Brutus is the tragic hero. The reasons he is a tragic hero are that he is used by people who are close to him, Brutus kills his best friend for the good of Rome, and he ends up ruining everything he is trying to protect. Brutus loves having the chance to be noble. He is used by people who are close to him because of this. Brutus is willing to do anything in the name of Rome and he will do it if it will positively help Rome. All Cassius is doing is manipulating Brutus so that he can get Caesar out of the way for his own agenda.Cassius states, “Come Casca, you and I will yesterday/ see Brutus at his house: three parts of him/ Is ours already, and the man entire/ upon the next encounter yields him ours” (I.ii.) . Brutus’s “friends” give him good enough reasons to kill Caesar, or so he thinks. Brutus is blind to the fact that the…show more content…
Brutus is a person of noble birth and has heroic qualities. Brutus is a person who is fated by the gods for doom and destruction or at least to great suffering. But he struggles mightily against this fate and this cosmic conflict wins our admiration. Brutus is used by people who are close to him, kills his best friend for the “good of Rome”, and ends up ruining everything he tried to protect. And because of this he is forever our tragic hero. Brutus’s judgment is clouded and that is where his flaw is. He is very naive to what is going to happen and does what he has to for Rome, not thinking of the consequences, and this leads to his
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