Julius Caesar, is a play based on the true events that occurred in Roman history. The play follows the fictional lives of Caesar and his people leading up to, and after his assassination. Several characters can be labeled as both villainous and heroic at different points in the play due to their actions, however, this does not apply to the character of Marcus Junius Brutus, who remains a hero through the entire play. Brutus is a hero for several reasons, The first reason Brutus is considered to be a hero is because he continuously stands up for what he believes in. Secondly, it is clear that Brutus is a hero because he kills himself as a sacrifice to the roman public.
His courage and strength exceed all human men. Beowulf came willingly to help the Danes which was highly unusual in a time of war (Fisher). He set a moral example for human beings spreading the need of friendship. Beowulf was most definitely the ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior as an epic hero of epic proportions (GÓMEZ-CALDERÓN). Gilgamesh was destined to greatness from birth.
Ancient Sparta has often been referred to as one of the most dominant military forces in history. During Sparta’s time of dominance, Spartan forces employed tactics of intimidation and sovereignty. Spartan soldiers dedicated their lives to training and preparing for battle, enabling them to create a fierce, dominant military. Sparta used their military for both protection and conquering, maintaining a stable economy and civilization. The Spartan military was able to dominate for so long because of superior military tactics, extensive training and discipline and advanced weaponry and armor, and intimidation and help from the gods.
Dismissed by Mark Antony and by the senate as a bit player, he lacked the influential support that most leading Roman politicians, including Antony, found essential to their success, and therefore he had to rely more on direct appeals to the masses as well as Julius Caesar’s troops and supporters. At this stage in his career, Octavian had only two reliable tools available to him— his new name, Caesar, and promises of rewards to the soldiers; he deployed both with daring and decisiveness, and proved repeatedly capable of deft and resolute action in defense of his
This quote also show another trait of an epic hero which is the “fatal flaw.” In his confidence in combat he failed to recognize that he was wounded by the dragon, with a poisoness bite. In conclusion due to Beowulf’s confidence is warranted, as he possesses the strength to succeed in battle, but his confidence is also a fatal flaw because it causes him to not notice his fatal
He proudly stands victorious in front of thousands of spectators. This tradition started thousands of years ago; Romans known for their power and strength, established the Roman games in a display of raw athleticism and bravery. Rome held tournaments that included different games such as: gladiator battles, chariot races, and occasionally human sacrifices to the Gods (“Gladiators”). The games fueled a sense of community among the citizens and a sense of pride for those who emerged
He showed great acts of leadership throughout the duration of his life and thought of others rather than himself. First, the word “courage” means, “the ability to do something that frightens one” and “Strength in the face of pain or grief”. Brutus showed courage when killing one of his friends not for himself, but for Rome. In Act 2 Scene 2 Brutus says, “That everyone who seems to be a friend is not necessarily one, O Caesar, The heart of Brutus grieves to think about.” When Brutus said this, he was referring to how his heart grieves to think that he has to kill one of his closest friends. In Act 3 Scene 2 Brutus said during his speech, “If that friend then demands to know why Brutus turned against Caesar, this is my answer: Not because I cared for Caesar less, but because I cared for Rome more”.
He acted on greed, hatred, and jealousy instead of having the good of Rome in mind. Author, Donald Wasson, finds that several of the senators, including Cassius, who were involved in the conspiracy against Caesar were “friends and supporters of Pompey who sought both high office and profit” in his article The Murder of Julius Caesar (Wasson). Cassius did not care about what Caesar was doing or would do to Rome with his power, instead he only worried about having power over everyone else. He told Brutus about Julius Caesar’s disabilities and commented about his amazement that “a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone” (I.ii.131-133). Cassius never wanted to be below or feel less than anybody.
He saved peoples lives, and he took risks for other people and he also showed his soldiers respect. These arguments are invalid though, because in the end Odysseus was the only survivor left out of his entire crew. He saved peoples lives yes, but they would be killed sooner or later. He didn't even care enough about his troops even to trust them. He didn't tell them what was in the bag that Aeolus gave them.
He was noble and wise. He may not of been born into royalty or nobleness but after being in the war and being loved by the king of Rome, I consider that to be of nobleness. His fatal flaw was loving his family because if he hadn’t talked about wanting to go home to his them or having them as a weakness at all, he never would’ve been so threatened. He makes the mistake of making an enemy of Commodus, the son of the King of Rome. Maximus refused to swear his loyalty to Commodus which put a target on Maximus’ back.
The Aztecs were no imbecile either, they soon realised the Spaniard tactics and were close to victory, but Cortez still being more devious one knew having a 600 people’s army was not sufficient to kill the fierce warriors, so he had made allies with the Tlaxcala, a powerful army who wanted to take revenge. This in combination with the epidemic of disease and the siege, brought the end of the Aztecs. Aztecs had no formal military strategy used during a war, they only fought for one reason, sacrifices to please their god. Their weapons were powerful and effective, but no way stronger as the European steel. Cortez when first met the ambassador when they first landed cunningly deceived the Aztec into giving them valuable gifts of gold, by saying he had a terrible heart disease that could only be cured by gold.