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Tragic Hero The Ones Fate Has Left Forlorn A tragic hero has the potential for greatness but is inexorably predestined to fail He is trapped in a situation where he cannot win He makes some sort of disastrous mistake which initiates his fall from grace In William Shakespeares play Julius Caesar there are a number of characters who could be considered tragic heroes however the one true tragic hero in this play is none other than Caesars best friend Brutus A tragic hero has good and noble qualities Brutus clearly portrays these qualities throughout the play He was a genuinely nice person He did not wish to harm anyone and really only wanted the general good for all people When struggling with the decision of whether or not to kill Caesar Brutus states It must be by his death and for my part I know no personal cause to spurn at him But for the general8230Act II scene i 10-12 He killed Caesar not out of envy or greed but for the benefit of the Roman people Also Brutus wished not to die at the hands of his enemies he wished to die in a way that was considered honorable at the time and prove that he was loyal to his ideals by not taking his own life Brutus states this here Our enemies have beaten us to the pit It is more worthy to leap in ourselves Than tarry till they push us Good Volumnius That knowst that we two went to school together Even for that our love old I prithee Hold my sword-hilts whilst I run on it Act V scene v 27-31 Tragic heroes often make a fatal error in judgment Although Brutus killed Caesar with good intentions he was destined to fail in some way or another in doing so and as a result Brutus was killed Also when Brutus and Cassius discuss battle plans Brutus makes another fatal error
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