Proving a Tragic Hero A character who makes a judgement or error that inevitably leads to his or her own destruction, defines a tragic hero, according to Aristotle. In William Shakespeare’s writings, one character generally identifies as a tragic hero. Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, comes from the true events that took place in Rome during the time that Caesar rose and gained power as dictator. After Pompey’s death in Egypt; caused by each of their power-hungry desires, Caesar declared himself dictator of Rome.
Brutus is introduced to the play as a well intentioned and respected politician in Rome, with many supporters within the senate, as well as a close friend of Julius Caesar. As he learns of the plot to kill Caesar, he is convinced by the conspirators that Caesar is a tyrant in disguise, and that it is in the best interest of Rome that he should not lead. Brutus’ innocently patriotic love of Rome led him believe that killing Caesar was necessary, a sentiment shared and bolstered by the other conspirators. An excellent example of the conspirators betraying
This form of betrayal can be seen in the relationship between Brutus and Caesar. A friend to Julius Caesar, Brutus loves the man greatly, but he loves Rome even more. Sensing that Caesar’s rising ambition will lead to tyranny over the free Roman people, Brutus feels forced to act. He goes against Caesar and works alongside the conspirators to overthrow Caesar. When planning to kill him, the conspirators gather around Caesar and he sees his trusted friend Brutus among them.
Is it justified to kill someone because they have gained too much power and are going to use it for the worse? Brutus has a very bad circumstance on his hands, he can kill Caesar and possibly be executed for his actions or he can let Caesar become king and watch Rome fall. There are many reasons why Brutus should and should not join the conspiracy. Brutus says, “I know no personal reason to spurn at him But for the general.” (II,i,11).
Before the murder of Caesar, Cassius fought as a quaestor under Marcus Licinius Crassus at Carrhae in fifty three B.C. He supported Pompey against Caesar, but was pardoned after the battle of Pharsalus. Cassius was made peregrine praetor and Caesar promised to make him governor of Syria. Cassius was the ring leader in the conspiracy against Julius Caesar. Many people believe Cassius is the evil master mind behind the death of Julius Caesar, however every one blames Brutus, but it was Cassius.
He has to choose between his loyalty to the Roman Republic and his loyalty to his friend. Seems like he could be heading toward tyrant status. Brutus says he killed Caesar because he loved Rome more than he loved Caesar. Based on examples in The Tragedy of Julius
The Fault in The Conspirator's Stars There are many plot twists in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, some of which are attributed to the devious ways of Marc Antony. In this play, a group of conspirators assassinate the soon-to-be dictator of Rome, Julius Caesar. Following his death, Octavius Caesar and Marc Antony, Julius’s heir and his right hand man respectively, lead armies against the conspirator’s forces and defeat them at the Battle of Phillipi. Antony’s words and actions directly led to the defeat of the conspirators and the government they sought to initiate in Rome.
But I saw the pain and difficulty it caused Brutus, to even think about killing Caesar. For when Cassius was persuading Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar, Brutus said " I do fear for the people Choose Caesar for their king... Cassius, yet I love him well" (JC. I. 2. 85-89). Brutus felt that if Caesar had been given power he would act irrationally and would only look after his own welfare.
Marc Anthony also shows the people Caesar’s bloody body and the people of Rome are outraged at Brutus and his friends. So outraged that they kill a poet just for having the same name as one of the conspirators. So, in my opinion, Marc Antony’s speech was more effective. He got the people to go from adoring Brutus to despising him and his group so much as to kill an innocent man with the same name as one of them.
Who do I think was the noblest chracter in the play? The character I think who was noblest in the play is Brutus himself. Brutus was one of the misguided senators that believed that Julius Caesar had corrupted the republic. If he was not stopped, would end the republic by ruling like a king.
“Et tu, Brute?” Caesar uttered his last words as he witnesses Brutus stab him, “Then fall Caesar!” Brutus was that of the most trusted of Caesar. He was persuaded into political extremism which pushed him to conspire with envious senators and ultimately, participate in the brutal assassination of Caesar, who was ruthlessly stabbed 33 times, so he could become active ruler in Rome in the works of William Shakespeare derived from the play Julius Caesar. With what is being claimed, Brutus couldn’t possibly have been a honest man but a traitor.
Caesar is killed by conspirators who wanted freedom, liberty, and democracy. Though Caesar had ruled well, he wanted to be crowned and was ambitious. Caesar was killed because he was the one whose “abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power” (2.1.18, 19). But Brutus thought that “when he once attains the upmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back” (2.1.24, 25). But Caesar loved the Romans according to what Antony spoke about Caesar 's death, “when that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept” (3.2.89).
How can one person make such a big impact on life? Big or small, we’re all faced with decisions and choices that aren't at all easy, all those choices have consequences and some even have rewards. Some big choices that could affect our life like what education we want, rather or not we go to college and as a country, we make a decision on who runs the country. we can see this in Shakespeare's Julius caesar, and the story of Antigone.