Marcus Brutus as a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Marcus Brutus as a Tragic Hero in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

In the play Julius Caesar, the tragedy of the play was directed mainly at one specific character, Marcus Brutus. Brutus was the tragic hero of the play, because of his idealistic and pragmatic qualities. The mindset that Brutus possessed only allowed him to see the world and its people from one point of view. This point of view allowed him to make judgments that assumed only the best of people. This tragic weakness resulted in many errors throughout the play. The major incidences such as decisions made during the orchard soliloquy, the discussion with Cassius and the conspirators regarding decisions about Antony and the oath, his speech to the commoners after Caesar's
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Ambition was personified, and was granted the qualities of a person that could climb a ladder. Caesar, climbing the ladder of prosperity, would reach the top, and forget about the people of Rome and his fellow Senators. He would "look into the clouds" and indulge in the wealth and good fortune. This possible outcome caused Brutus to remember his love for Rome. A simile also compared Caesar to a snake that was contained in an egg. The snake was harmless when it was in the egg, just as Caesar was when he was part of the senate. When the egg was cracked open, the snake was powerful, and able to attack. Julius Caesar was like the hatched snake, in which he could have become harmful to the well being of Rome. Brutus convinced himself that he could not let one-man rule, and he realized that joining the conspiracy was the right decision because of his reasoning.
Later the same evening, Cassius and the other conspirators arrived at Brutus' house. Conspirators realized that they required Brutus in their plot, because a man with such noble and honourable characteristics would create greater respect from the crowds for their actions. Cassius suggested, ".let us swear our resolution" which would confirm that all of the men planning on taking part in the assignation would be bonded together by their word. Brutus didn't want an oath, because he felt that all men are noble and honest, and wouldn't become betray the
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