Examples Of Patriotism In Julius Caesar

1183 Words5 Pages
“All creatures are flawed, but out of the flaw may come the universe.” Everybody demonstrates traits that eventually could lead to being a tragic flaw, sometimes with realizing it and sometimes without realizing it. Brutus’s tragic flaw is patriotism. This is a good trait to have but it can and did lead to be a downfall. Brutus is a patriotic character because he is looking out for the good of Rome in every action he takes. First, he recognizes Julius Caesar as a bad ruler for Rome and wants to do something about it. Then he does something about it, kills Caesar. Where Brutus’ patriotism leads to a downfall is when he uses it to explain why he does not like Caesar ruling Rome and then justifies killing Caesar. Brutus did not recognize his…show more content…
After, Brutus is persuading the plebeians that this was the right action to be taken for Rome. He justifies killing Caesar using his patriotism. Claiming that what he did was necessary to protect everyone in Rome. This leads to the tragic flaw when Brutus is justifying the death of Caesar. In Act three Brutus is justifying the reason for killing Caesar to the plebeians to maintain his reputation. “If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of / Caesar's, to him I say that Brutus’s 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.” (3.2.17-22). This quote is justifying the reason Brutus killed Caesar, and him trying to make the plebeians understand that it was to better them and Rome. Brutus is saying that he loved Caesar just as much as they did, he just did not think Caesar was the best leader for Rome. Brutus is justifying the death of Caesar using his patriotism, his love for Rome. Brutus went against the plebeians in killing Caesar and now has to win them back over to his and Cassius’ side to convince them that it was the right decision for Rome to have him killed. Brutus’ act of patriotism leads to the downfall when he uses it to justify the action of killing Caesar. Throughout the Tragedy of Julius Caesar Brutus’ actions test his honorable and patriotic reputation. He then has to ensure his personal honor to
Get Access