How to Identify Villains and Heros Essay

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In a play, there are always heroes and villains. Sometimes, one can not always tell who are the heroes and villains. William Shakespeare, in his play, Julius Caesar, shows the difference of heroes and villains using the senators of Rome to show the difference between heroes and villains. The hardest character to determine was the hero Brutus, by analyzing his loyalty, background, and his intentions, one can determine that Brutus was a hero to Rome. Brutus’ loyalty helps shape whether his cause was justice or unjustified. In the beginning, Brutus is walking with Caesar. He even helps him when a soothsayer tells him to beware the Ides of March. “What man is that? / A soothsayer bids you beware the Ides of March” (I, ii, 18-19). If …show more content…
That quote is important, because the quote shows when he sided with the conspirators, when he did not want to. This explains Brutus’ loyalty, but knowing Brutus as a person may help determine how he was a hero. Brutus had a very interesting background; this helps determine his side of the play. Brutus is wondering which side to take during the beginning of the play. During
Fuqua 2 his soliloquy, Brutus’ background information is identified. “And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg / which, hatched, would, as his kind, grow / mischievous; / And kill him in the shell” (II, i, 32-34). This means that he should kill Caesar before he becomes a threat. That also identifies Brutus as a man who worried a lot and is a man who wants the best for Rome, not himself. Besides worrying, Brutus also was emotional. Brutus’ wife Portia kills herself one day when she was alone. Brutus becomes very depressed over this matter. “No man bears sorrow better. Portia is dead” (IV, iii, 146). This means that he is sorrow for his wife’s death, and a synonym for sorrow is depressed. This shows Brutus was a sympathetic man, and somebody who can love one’s country and others. Villains are always referred to as emotionless in plays; the heroes always connect and wouldn’t murder without a cause. Besides who Brutus was as a person, Brutus had intentions that would help Rome. Brutus had intentions of saving Rome. Brutus wanted to kill Caesar because he believed that
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