The Tragic Hero Of Julius Caesar

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As Caesar dies, he gasps, “Et tu, Brute?” (III. i. 77). To betray a close friend for the better of the country only to have it end all in vain is a tragedy in its own. For Brutus, this is his journey in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Although the play is named after Caesar, it is evident that Brutus is the tragic hero as the audience watches the events of the play unfold. Brutus’s characteristics and actions line up perfectly with Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero which states that the tragic hero must be admirable and of noble birth, possess a tragic flaw known as hamartia, undergo a reversal of fortune known as peripeteia as well as a tragic self-recognition known as anagnorisis, and force the audience to feel a change of emotions through catharsis, in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. First of all, Brutus’ high rank and admirable qualities coincide with Aristotle 's definition of a tragic hero. In the play, Brutus is a highly regarded senator whom has everyone’s trust including Caesar’s. By the cause of his honorable stature, Brutus is loved and admired by everyone in Rome. Although his honor leads him into poor judgement, many people still have trust in him and follow him all the way through the play. Even after he has conspired against his friend Caesar, and dies at the end of the play, his enemies still see him as a noble Roman. After coming upon Brutus’ body, Antony laments, “This was the noblest Roman of them all/...His life was

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