Et Tu Brute: The Man Who Lost It All

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Et Tu Brute: The Man Who Lost It All

In Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Julius Caesar; Brutus truly looses everything, giving him the rightful name of tragic hero. Brutus lives in the golden age of the Roman era. He is one of the most honored men that walks the street; but while supposedly trying to protect his beloved country from tyranny, he looses everything and helps raise chaos and the exile of patriots. Brutus is seduced into the idea of blood for freedom, thus killing his closest friend Caesar. Through his mistake he looses his name, home, and faces the demise of his wife and himself. Brutus truly is the tragic hero of Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Brutus made a voluminous amount of irreversible flaws that cause his own disappointment
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He ignores his friends and is very ineffective on his goals and beliefs. At the start of the play he is at inner conflict, but at least he is thinking. As the play progresses he starts to act off of impulse and pride. Brutus did evolve into a foolish lamb, but this does not mean he does is not honorable and does not deserve sympathy. Most of Brutus’ punitive follies were formed by his inner conflict created by Cassius’ deceit. At least Brutus could partially see this at the beginning in Act 1. “Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius, That you would have me seek into myself For that which is not in me.” (891). Brutus is an honorable man and has a basic gift for seeing past lies; but over time and conflict his gift degrades causing him to devolve into ignorance. Brutus, although becoming a fool, does deserve our respect and sympathy. Nearly every decision or mistake he made was in the Name of Rome and his love for the Republic. “..not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (948). Brutus knew that the loyalty of his fellow Romans swaying towards him was a fickle and ever changing chance. Brutus put everything on the line in the name of the Republic; and in the name of the Republic did he loose everything. Brutus did cause nearly every ounce of pain he endured, but at least he had good intentions. In the end, Brutus
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