Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

560 Words Jan 26th, 2018 2 Pages
This main character, called a tragic hero, possesses qualities that cause their demise. These qualities are called tragic flaws. In Julius Caesar, both Julius Caesar and Brutus can be seen as tragic heroes. However, Brutus is the most tragic hero of the two. The qualities that make Brutus a hero are also the qualities that lead to his downfall. He cares about everyone, and makes each decision for the good of Rome. However, the fact that he is too trusting, too honorable, and too stoic, ultimately leads to his downfall. Brutus’ first flaw is that he is too trusting. He cares too much about helping others, and trusts them entirely. At Caesar’s funeral, Brutus allows Antony to speak once the conspirators leave. He believes that Antony has the right to speak at his friend’s funeral, and trusts that Antony’s speech will not poorly affect the conspirators (3.1.263-270). Brutus also holds trust in the members of the conspiracy. He believes that they are acting out of nobility, but instead they are acting out of jealousy (4.3.9-12). Brutus holds too much trust in the people around him, and that undying trust leads to his downfall. Brutus’ next flaw is that he has too much honor and too much pride. More importantly, he does not want to disgrace himself. Brutus wants to help the people of Rome more than he wants to help himself. He agrees to kill Caesar for the purpose of benefiting Rome.…
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