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In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare the character Marcus Brutus fits the definition of the tragic hero Like other tragic heroes he had great promise ability and integrity of character However he had a tragic flaw He was too trusting Brutus had great promise ability and strength of character The fact that he could single-handedly take over the group of conspirators and completely overrule Cassius demonstrates his strength of character and his influence on others Brutus had a very important role in the conspiracy He was the back-bone of the plan According to Cassius Brutus main purpose in the conspiracy is for an insurance policy The people will think since Brutus is noble to Caesar that there is a good reason for Caesars assassination Brutus will also be the leader of the conspiracy for another insurance policy for the assassination Cassius is the one who declares this Brutus shall lead the way and we will grace his heels with the most boldest and best hearts of Rome act 3 scene 1 ll135-136 Again if Brutus leads the way the people will think that the death of Julius Caesar wasnt such a bad thing Brutus also declares to himself that his role in the conspiracy is to save Rome He says to the people that If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar this is my answer not that I loved Caesar less but that I loved Rome moreAct 3scene 2ll21-24 Brutuss tragic flaw was that he was too trusting He frankly and honestly felt that he had had to kill Caesar in order to save Rome from tyranny He trusted Antony not to blame the conspirators in his speech at Caesars funeral Antony broke that promise and got Brutus and the others into deep trouble Brutus also trusted Cassius Cassius only asked Brutus to be a part of the conspiracy as a way of getting closer
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