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Brutus the Tragic Hero The story of Julius Caesar written by Shakespeare is characterized as a tragedy One characteristic of a tragedy is that is always has a tragic hero This is someone who is a moral and honest person who is respected by others But through ill judgment and decision making they become the root of their own demise In this tragedy there are two possible tragic heroes Caesar and Brutus If you know the story well you know that Brutus kills Caesar for the good of Rome supposedly But this is the idea that must be argued Who really is the tragic hero and why What makes them this In the beginning of the play Cassius goes to Brutus and tries to persuade him to Oppose Caesar by giving false information about him to Brutus by planting letters where Brutus will find them Brutus thou sleepst Awake and see thyself Shall Rome etc Speak strike redress 2148-49 The purpose of this letter is to tell Brutus that he is asleep not literally and that he cannot see that Caesar is full of ambition This accusation made by Cassius about Caesar is false but Cassius uses it to gain the support of Brutus Having read this letter Brutus decides to join the conspirators in their plot to kill Caesar After Caesars death Brutus explains to the people of Rome that Caesar would have been a corrupt leader and would have caused the demise of Rome Brutus also tells the crowd that he loved Caesar as much as they loved Caesar but that he loved Rome
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