Brutus and his bad decisions and misfortunes

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Brutus: A Tragic Hero The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare depicts a tragic hero, or one who has high standing and causes his own downfall. The tragic hero is Brutus, and he makes multiple and ultimately fatal mistakes that lead to his enlightenment and then his death. Brutus’ death is the result of many misfortunes, including being herded into the conspiracy and thus aiding in the death of Caesar, hearing of the death of his loyal wife, and waging a war against Rome. Brutus’ negative characteristics are his flawed reasoning and bad judgment. While still planning Caesar’s murder, Cicero’s name is brought up and it is suggested that he be included in the conspiracy. However, Brutus is against this thought, saying that…show more content…
“And you shall speak/ in the same pulpit whereto I am going. / After my speech is ended” (945). This is a bad decision on his part because by allowing Antony to speak last, he has allowed Antony to use his words against him. As seen in the text, it is much easier to persuade when speaking last than when speaking first. After being chased out of Rome alongside Cassius, another misfortune is his fight with him over money problems. Brutus claims that Cassius has become greedy. He is furious that Cassius is not helping him even though they are allies. However, the money that Brutus wants is actually the money that Cassius is taking from the soldiers who buy their ranks. While he could just as easily do the same, he defines himself as too noble a person to do such a thing. “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself/ Are much condemned to have an itching palm” (966). Cassius is offended, and tells Brutus that he should be glad that they are allies. Brutus’ enlightenment occurs around the time he commits suicide. Right before his demise, with his final dying breath, he mentions Caesar to put him at ease. “Farewell, good Strato – Caesar, now be still; / I killed thee with half so good a will” (997). There are many opinions as to what kind of character Brutus is. He seems to be a sympathetic character above all else. “Impatient of my absence, / And grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony/ Have made themselves so strong – for with her death/

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