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In all Shakespearean tragedies the central character of the play is someone with a highly sensitive moral conscience who suffers and dies because of a tragic weakness in his character A tragic hero usually has three important characteristics his superiority which makes his destruction seem more tragic his goodness which arouses pity and his tragic flaws In the tragedy of Julius Caesar Brutus fits perfectly in the definition of a tragic hero First of all Brutus is seen superior because of his close friendship with the powerful Caesar and because of his popularity with the people This is the main reason why the conspirators need Brutus to join the conspiracy Brutus idealism and goodness are evident throughout the play he sees only the goodness in people and naively believes others as honorable as he Even his enemy Mark Antony comments on these traits at the end of the play This was the noblest Roman of them all Brutus was a servant and most importantly a close friend to Caesar He loved Caesar but feared his power and would not allow him to rise to top and then turn his back onto the people of Rome as the quote in Act II says Whereto the climber upward turns his face scorning the base degrees by which he did ascend We can also see that there is an internal conflict in his mind between the love of his friend and his feelings towards his country but by the end his decision is clearly represented in his conversation with Cassius in Act I I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king and at the beginning of his soliloquy in Act II It must be by his death In fact Brutus proves to be a greater patriot than a good friend and so the love towards
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