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Julius Caesar the tragic hero Only the ignorant would deny that the title of a novel or play has no relevance to the play itself Unfortunately those ignorant minds have caused the true tragic hero of Shakespeares Tragedy of Julius Caesar an area of dispute Brutus seems to be a candidate because he appears more than Caesar in the play but without Caesar the whole play would be lost It is an indisputable fact that Julius Caesar is the Tragic Hero It is arguable that Brutus fits Aristotles guidelines for a tragic hero He has a high position in society which is evident through that fact that he is a senator Brutus also has a noble and famous family name In the play even his enemies speak well of him Shakespeare V 5 73-75 Brutus is also very prosperous He is very wealthy and has many loyal friends It also seems that he has a great relationship with his wife because when she was concerned about him he spent time to talk to her and comfort her Furthermore his tragic flaw causes him it make a mistake He ends up murdering Caesar because of his overwhelming patriotism Brutus is more concerned about his nation than he is about any single man Although Marcus Brutus seems to fit Aristotles qualifications of a tragic hero the fact that Caesar fits it better is undeniable Shakespeare makes his point almost too clear First the citizens of Rome love Caesar so much that they offer him the thrown three times Brutus is barely known by the citizens Julius Caesar had already been the leader of Rome without being king and had led his own army to many great victories which is obviously a sign of much power Caesar can brag of his prosperity through his wealth his many friends and his loving wife Caesars tragic flaw helps to make his death more of a tragedy He is too trusting
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