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Tragic Hero The play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is about the assassination of a Roman ruler A conspiracy has formed against Caesar and even his most trusted friend Brutus is taking part in its plot This young man who seems to have misjudged the character of Caesar can be seen as the tragic hero Although he valiantly upholds what he believes is right he meets his untimely end from his decision Throughout the play there are several hints about who the tragic hero is and as the story unfolds one notices the consequences reaped by Brutus ill-advised decision Brutus known by citizens as a respected politician and senator of Rome is the tragic hero He displays many valuable qualities but also has many flaws which will eventually cause his downfall Specifically Brutus is gullible quick to judge people and hastily makes decisions Brutus opinion of Caesar is greatly swayed by Cassius speech and he considers joining the conspiracy That you do love me I am nothing jealous What you would work me to I have some aim How I have thought of this and of these times I shall recount hereafter For this present I would not so with love I might entreat you be any further moved What you have said I will considerIii162-68 After only a short conversation with Cassius Brutus seems to agree that Caesar is a tyrant and soon he makes his decision to join the conspiracy If it werent for this decision future events would not have taken place and Brutus could have saved his own life Rather then base his conclusion on facts Brutus relied on his emotions and opinions about Caesar to make his choice As a result of killing Caesar Antony arouses the hatred towards Brutus and the conspirators and they are forced to flee the country During this time away from Rome Brutus chooses to build an army and resistance towards the
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