What Is Julius Caesar's Tragic Flaw

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William Shakespeare, the author of Julius Caesar, utilized the two most prevalent literary terms, which were tragic flaw and metaphors to illustrate the theme, people who are easily swayed can easily turn out to be your worst enemy, however being too stubborn on your decision can make you the cause of your own downfall. The assassination of Caesar was only made possible due to him believing that he was invincible, and when the Soothsayer came to tell Caesar that March fifteenth was a precarious day for him, he thought that the Soothsayer was a dreamer. The Soothsayer now speaking for the second time, thus emphasizing his point says “beware the ides of March”, however Caesar continues to be overconfident overlooking his credence in superstitions. Caesar’s tragic flaw was that he was too overconfident in his decision to ignore the prognostication of his future, which will later…show more content…
Brutus’s tragic flaw of being easily swayed made fiendish thoughts over preventing Caesar from being king housed inside of Brutus, thus turning Brutus, a quondam friend into a potential enemy of Caesar. Metaphors were also commonly used in the first act to prove the theme, especially when Marallus and Flavius were trying to disperse the crowd decorating for the return of Caesar as they quite efficiently made the Roman workers back down from celebrating the arrival of Caesar. Marallus, as he conjectures that others have forgotten about the death of Pompey, says “you blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things”, where the commoners are compared to the stones (Marallus I i
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