What Are The Similarities Between Julius Caesar And The Tragedy Of Macbeth

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One is familiar with Shakespeare’s tragedies such as “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”, “The Tragedy of Hamlet” and so forth. Shakespeare’s tragedies have been known for centuries as a reflection of the societies in different eras which appeals to many until today. They express the darkness that lies within the human’s soul and mind. “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” are both remarkable works of Shakespeare’s that although they are of different plots, they both share uncanny characteristics and themes such as a tragic hero, a tragic flaw, and the downfall. It had been noted that all Shakespearean tragedies reflect a flaw in the main character or a conflict with an overpowering force which can be observed in the characteristics of Julius Caesar’s, Brutus’s, and Macbeth’s. In “The Tragedy of…show more content…
What led to Julius’ downfall is a mixture of the seven deadly sins such as avarice, pride, and lust for power. In addition to these, he was arrogant and did not mind the soothsayer’s warnings of the Ides of March; he believed that nothing could possibly affect his grandeur and authority let alone his life. If he was wary of the soothsayer’s words and of the bad omens that surrounded him, he might have prevented his downfall. On the other hand, Brutus’s downfall was the result of three main factors: participating in Julius’ assassination, his impatience, and surprisingly, his nobility. His naiveté eventually led to his death. His decisions also played a huge role in his death. Fearing that the Senators will be perceived as cold blooded murderers, he allowed Mark Anthony to survive which arose suspicions that he will seek revenge for his loyalty to Caesar. Other two fatal decisions of his are allowing Antony to speak in Caesar’s funeral (which led to a revolution and the overthrow of the Senators) and travelling to Philippi before the final
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