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Julius Caesars tragic issues Julius Caesar is a picture perfect example of a true tragedy From its characters to its elements everything in the play fits the definition of what a tragedy is and the nature of the people involved The two characters foiling each other throughout the play are Marcus Brutus and Mark Antony Brutus and Antony both believe that they are the wiser and smarter of the pair but in actuality Antony is a prime manipulator and takes control of the situation early on in the play Brutus on the other hand remains blind to the fact that he is being played by Antony and only wants to do whats right Brutus idealistic outlook and positive morals make him the protagonist of the play Everything in the play concerns him and the decisions that he must make about the political structure of Rome The most distinct trait of his character is his honor He is very honorable to his cause and will fight for it till his death I have the same dagger for myself when it shall please my country to need my death III ii 46-47 His nobility and honor made him a character to be loved by readers of the play The emotional attachment and visual stupidity that Brutus presented made readers hope that everything would turn out for the best This attachment was foreshadowing that he would later on have a downfall that would be a terrible loss to all This was something that remained true as the spirit of Caesar did bring down Brutus This proved Brutus to be the protagonist as he was the epitome of a tragic hero Always thinking of a way to counter Brutus every move and more than ready to initiate battle was Mark Antony the antagonist of the play After Brutus and the conspirators stabbed Caesar Antony was infuriated as Caesar was a good lover of his Although given
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