Cassius as Tragic Hero in Julius Caesar Essay

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Cassius as Tragic Hero in Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar around 1599. The role of the `tragic hero' is extremely important as many of the characters in Julius Caesar exemplify the `tragic hero' qualities. Marcus Brutus, and Julius Caesar, display all the qualities of the `tragic hero': they are great men, with character flaws, and as a result of a mistake in decision-making many people suffer. In Cassius one can see these same qualities. Cassius can be seen as another tragic hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Cassius is a talented general, and does not like the fact that Caesar has become `god-like' in the Roman people's minds (see above quote Act I, Scene ii). Cassius can be seen as a
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However, this ultimate answer goes horribly wrong, for it strays from the ideal vision he held: in the end war erupts and the people end up being no better off than they were under Caesar's rule, one could even say worse off. Looking at what diverged Cassius' ideal vision of Rome we see Marcus Brutus.

The qualities a tragic hero, in Shakespeare's plays, normally displays consists of the hero falling from a place of glory, or rank, or happiness. We are astounded by the extent to which they fall, or allow themselves to stoop. The resulting catastrophe from the hero's mistake is of monumental proportions. With the discussed play Julius Caesar, Cassius exhibits Jealousy, Rashness, and Impulsive behaviour. Cassius makes mistakes, each with a disastrous effect.

The play Julius Caesar may be considered a failure as a tragedy: although many characters display tragic hero properties, the play does not.

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