Marcus Brutus As A Tragic Hero

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, is set in Rome in the year 44 B.C. Julius Caesar is very popular among Romans, and is going to become dictator soon. Caesar’s best friend, Marcus Brutus, is very popular and everyone respects him. Brutus is a senator, and he comes from a long line of nobles in Rome. He is very naïve, and that often leads to him misreading human characters and critical situations. Brutus is later evicted from Rome, which is his most important ideal. Marcus Brutus is a tragic hero because he is prominent, has a fatal flaw, and experiences a downfall. Brutus fulfills the first important characteristic of a tragic hero since he is very prominent and respected in society. He is the foremost orator…show more content…
He often misreads human characters and situations. He trusts Mark Antony by thinking they are friends and that Antony has moved past Caesar’s death. Therefore, Brutus lets him live. Brutus takes it even further when he allows Mark Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. Cassius is very upset with the decision, but Brutus’ mind is set and he is not going to change it. He believes that all of the conspirators are killing Caesar for the same reason as he is- for the love of Rome and its people. However, what Brutus fails to see is that everyone has their own reason. Cassius, for one, is very jealous of Caesar’s power, and he wants it for himself. Cassius says to Brutus, “Men at some time are masters of their fates/ The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/ But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” (I. ii. 139-141). Cassius is saying that they can change their fate, they can have power, but they must take action. When Cassius and Brutus are in a war against Antony and Octavius, Brutus thinks they will win. He again fails to realize that they have no money. They are essentially using money that was blackmailed, but that soon runs out. He passes over the fact that the second triumvirate is located in Rome, and has access to Caesar’s will. They can tamper with it and take more money for themselves, which they do. Brutus has a fatal flaw of naivety that leads to his downfall and…show more content…
He experiences a downfall of being evicted from Rome, which leads to the death of his character. Rome is one of Brutus’ loves, and when he is evicted, everything that could possibly go wrong does. Antony and Octavius have a list of over 100 people that they are planning to execute. Brutus starts to become deranged after his argument with Cassius, and he sees Caesar’s ghost. The ghost says to Brutus, “To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.” (IV. iii. 285). Brutus then knows that Caesar will get his revenge on the battlefield. Brutus’ whole point in killing Caesar is to protect Rome and its people. However, after Caesar’s death, everyone in Rome hates him. People are constantly being killed by Antony, and Brutus can do nothing to stop it. This upsets Brutus terribly. Lastly, Brutus’ argument with Cassius makes him uneasy. Harsh words are exchanged, about Cassius being greedy and taking blackmailed money. However, they make up and decide to move forward. Brutus is also on edge because of Portia’s death. Portia is a smart woman, and knows she will probably be killed for being the conspirator’s wife. So, she swallows a hot coal and dies. Starting with his eviction from Rome, Brutus experiences a downfall that leads to his
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