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Julius Caesar as a Tragic Hero Julius Caesar is a play written by William Shakespeare during the year 1597 Julius Caesars story involves a conspiracy against Julius Caesar a powerful senator The play involves a highly respected senator Brutus who decides to join the conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar in the effort to keep democracy intact Brutus believes that if Julius Caesar is allowed to live Caesar will take a kingship and turn the government into a monarchy Brutus Cassius and the other conspirators kill Julius Caesar yet they find Antony a loyalist of Caesar seeks revenge on them Plato set out rules on the traits a tragic hero must possess A tragic hero must neither be an evil villain nor a great hero instead the tragic hero must be either a flawed hero or a villain with some good traits Also the tragic hero must not deserve what mighty punishment is dealt to him Another key feature of a tragic hero is the fact that a tragic hero must be a high-standing individual in society The tragic hero must not deserve his punishment for the play to be a tragedy Also a tragedy happening to someone in high authority will affect not only the single person but also society as a whole Another reason for the tragic hero to be in high authority is to display that if a tragedy may happen to someone such as a king it may just as easily happen to any other person Julius Caesar fits the role of a tragic hero Julius Caesar is a high standing senator that possesses hamartia failings of human nature Julius Caesars imperfections may be seen in three distinct aspects of Caesar such as the following his pride his vacillation and his ambition Julius Caesar has much pride a hamartia which brings him to not be wary of the conspiracy Caesar is given much warning on the threat of his life yet
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