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Shakespeare wrote many tragedies which included The Tragedy of Julius Caesar He chose to take an important event in Roman history the death of Julius Caesar to write a play for the Globe Theater in 1599 The people who lived during the Renaissance were very interested in the play and the story of Julius Caesars death Peoples views of the play dating from 1599 to the present may be very different and continually changing Though the elements of Shakespeares tragedy Julius Caesar and other Shakespearian tragedies are all the same A Shakespearian tragedy is comprised of several elements two include a tragic hero and supernatural elements In a tragedy the tragic hero is of high social position The tragic hero has a destructive flaw which in turn brings about his downfall There is much argument over who the tragic hero is in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Some scholars say that the tragic hero is Julius Caesar while others say it is Marcus Brutus A case can be made for both of the characters Both Brutus and Caesar are of high social and political status Caesar was the dictator for life of Rome and Brutus was an honorable Senator Julius Caesar had two tragic flaws Caesar was said by Brutus to be ambitious which led directly to his downfall - But as he was ambitious I slew him Act 3 Scene 2 Line 28 Caesar was also arrogant he believed that he was too great to be harmed Caesar said Cowards die many times before their deaths the valiant never taste death but once Act 2 Scene 2 Lines 34-35 Brutus too had a tragic flaw Brutus was an idealist not a realist Brutus was an optimist he always wanted the best for Rome Although sometimes Brutus couldnt see things for what they really are This flaw prevented him from making good decisions The supernatural elements
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