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Julius Caesar: A Tragic Hero

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Aristotle once said, "A man doesn't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall" (Aristotle). Right there, Aristotle describes the basis of a tragic hero. There is no greater example of a tragic hero, then Julius Caesar from the Julius Caesar. This Novel, Julius Caesar, portrays the rise to king of Rome and quick downfall of the noble, ambitious tragic hero known as Julius Caesar. Although, the great Caesar's ambitions are what eventually bring him to death bed, and the ones who put him to death are some of his closest friends, Brutus, Cassius, and there group of mutineers. All of Caesar's flaws and ambitions are what leave him to be known as the tragic hero of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.
Julius Caesar is the most well known character within Rome, he is the next in line for king, and all the people of Rome love and adore him. Also, Caesar's successfulness in battle allow him to prosper. At on point and time, Casca says, “He put it by thrice, every time gentler than other, and at every putting-by mine honest neighbors shouted. he put it by thrice, every time gentler than other, and at every putting-by
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All Ceasar wants is for the city of Rome and its people to prosper. Although, great ambitions such as Caesar's are a danger, and this is exposed when a group of conspirators, including Brutus and Cassius, decide to assassinate him. After Caesar's assassination Brutus says, “As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him” (III.ii.51-52). It becomes obvious that Caesar's tragic flaw was his ambitions, and for them he pays the ultimate price, his life. Similarly, right before Caesar's death he realizes his tragic mistake and says, “Et tu, Bruté?—Then fall, Caesar” (III.i.84). When that happened, Caesar knew that even his close friend had gone against him, and that he accepted and agreed with all of them that he, Ceasar, needed to be
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