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Brutus A Tragic Hero Not that I loved Caesar less but that I loved Rome more Shakespeare 3221-24 William Shakespeares play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is based mainly on the assassination of Julius Caesar Ironically Brutus Caesars loyal friend who was fashioned by Cassius and the Conspirators is the one who made the assassination happen Artemidorus Calpurnia and the Soothsayer were just a few who warned Caesar of what was to come on the Ides of March March 15 but he turned his back The conspirators killed Caesar because he was too ambitious and left Antony to live which was a mistake At the end of the play Antony and Caesars nephew Actavius defeat Brutus and Cassiuss army at the battle of Phillipi Indeed Brutus was the tragic hero in the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar As a tragic hero Brutus was dignified courageous and high ranking First he was dignified because he was a member of the Senate and honored by the commoners who believed he was an honorable man Second he was high ranking as a Senator and a close friend to Julius Caesar Third he was courageous because he decided to be a part of the conspiracy not for his own personal gain but for the good of Rome Also a tragic hero needs to have a tragic flaw Brutuss tragic flaw is that he is naive The conspirators needed Brutus because he was considered honorable The conspirators led him to believe that Caesar was ambitious and wanted to be the king of Rome As a tragic hero Brutus was dignified courageous and high ranking but he was nave and so he had a tragic flaw Moreover Brutus was a tragic hero for other reasons His downfall was beyond his control and in the end despite his death he gains self-knowledge or wisdom Brutuss downfall was beyond his control His tragic flaw of being naive
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