This essay will examine, explain, and justify Brutus’s depiction as a tragic hero. One of the characteristics of a tragic hero is hamartia: a fatal flaw that will lead to the character’s downfall. Brutus’s hamartia is hard to spot out, but is proven to be fatal once further examined. For instance, Brutus’s main hamartia is his love towards Rome. Brutus tells Cassius that he “had rather be a villager [t]han to repute himself a son of Rome [u]nder these hard conditions” (Shakespeare I.ii:172-174) when Cassius persuades him to join the conspiracy and murder Caesar.
When something goes to far normally we would end it however, that 's not what happened in the shakespeare play Othello. In the source “Destructive revenge in Othello” by Harry Keyishian it talks about the revenge that fueled the play as well as Iago’s true ambitions. Keyishian also talks about how Iago tricks almost everyone in order to get his sweet revenge. Once Iago Stabs his assumed friend Roderigo it’s clear revenge had been taken too far. Iago is by far the sneakiest character in Othello.
In the eye of the audience Iago is a manipulative, deceptive and jealous character whose only plan is to retaliate against Othello. Iago is believed throughout the play to be a valiant confidante, but in fact he is the villain in the play, eventually resulting in the death of everyone surrounding Othello. His carefully planned actions ensures this scheme which is driven by his jealousy of Othello’s position. His deep rooted strategy reveals the true complexity of his character. He is depicted as a malicious villain who uses deception, and manipulation to account for his jealousy in order to create the demise of those who oppose his ideas.
Claudius possesses all the qualities of a villain: ambition, greed, jealousy, selfishness,dishonesty,tyranny. He does not hesitate before he kills his brother being driven by jealousy and power thirst. Claudius is an example of the monstrous-like people of the society becauseClaudius commits the biggest of dishonesty: towards his own blood. The problem with Claudius is that between honesty and betrayal he chooses betrayal, between love and selfishness he would go for selfishness. All that selfishness causes his life to lack love and that is what leads him to destruction.
This brings the theme of human law into action. When he punishes Polynices and denies him a burial his hate for the people who defy the state even when the person is the kings own nephew. When Creon punishes Antigone severely and does not listens to the blind prophet Tiresias, Creon’s excessive pride (hamartia) is visible to the audience. According to Aristotle, an error in the character itself causes the tragedy in the play, in the play Antigone the stubbornness of Antigone led to her physical death and in the case of Creon his pride led to his emotional death. Sophocles thus uses the antithetical themes to create the play Antigone.
Convinces brutus a friend of caesar’s to turn on him in fear of a republic. The conspirators killed caesar before the shocked senators and spectators. In brutus speech he claims that he didn 't love cesar any less by killing him he just loved rome more. Brutus begins building his credibility to the roman people by using rhetorical appeals that persuade the audience to believe that he did the right thing by killing caesar. 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.
Iago also manipulates Cassio, the lieutenant and second in command, and uses him as part of his plot to take down Othello. In the play Othello, Shakespeare demonstrates how a person’s ability to persuade and manipulate people lies in one’s ability to identify and exploit insecurities of others by planting seeds of truth to grow these insecurities and how the evil motives of a person can lead to evil outcomes like murder, suicide, and punishment. In Othello, Shakespeare’s uses his characters to exploit other characters’ insecurities. The character Iago knows that Othello is a jealous person, so he decides to use that jealousy to ruin him. Iago tells Othello that he has seen Cassio and Desdemona together, to which Othello responds, “I heard thee say even now, thou lik’st not that,/ When Cassio left my wife.
Can stabbing a person ever really be honorable? Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare represents this dilemma when Brutus and a group of conspirators decide to murder Julius Caesar to save Rome. As the rest of the play progresses the conspirators begin to realize that Rome will not realize what their side of the story was. Mark Antony took up the call to shut the conspirators down and persuade the people that Julius Caesar should not have been killed. In Julius Caesar by William Shakespear, Antony turns the crowd against Brutus and the other conspirators by using reputation to discredit them and rhetorical questions for the people to consider how Ceasar really lived his life.
Hamlet acted fast and ended up getting revenge on his friends which sentenced them to death. The play Hamlet is trying to tell us readers and writers that Betraying others is wrong and to never turn your back on your friends or family. Otherwise they will get revenge on you and will make you regret
Brutus and Antony are two very different character types. Brutus has betrayed Caesar for his love for Rome. Antony prised Caesar and was his right hand in battle and a close friend, that Antony truly loved Caesar. After Cesar’s assassination Rome was in a state of panic. The conspiracy killed Caesar as their goal to protect Rome from dictatorship, ironically it was the opposite of what the conspirators have hoped to achieve.