Brutus As A Tragic Hero

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In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus is the tragic hero. Some scholars argue over whether Caesar or Brutus is the true tragic hero. Based on facts such as, Brutus is naive, cowardly, and sneaky. Cassius made Brutus do his dirty work for him, and he didn’t realize it. Brutus’ weakness is his love for Rome, Cassius picked on this weakness, talking Brutus into killing Caesar. As defined by Aristotle, a tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgement error that leads to his/her downfall, this definition defines Brutus. Brutus is a very honorable and trusting character, this may sound like a good trait, but it also led to his downfall. Brutus was very trusting of others, some examples include, trusting Cassius’ word and Antony to give a speech at Caesar's funeral. Cassius forged letters and gave them to Brutus, making it seem the Roman citizens wanted him to kill Caesar. As Brutus and the conspirators killed Caesar, Brutus said “If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more (3.2.19-24.) This means that he loved Caesar but he loved Rome more. By saying this, he was trying to win over the Roman’s which didn’t agree with the conspirators. The biggest downfall of Brutus was when Antony, a loyal friend of Caesar, wanted to make a speech at Caesar’s

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