By William Shakespeare
Tragedies that are classified as classical tragedies
generally contain a tragic hero. In William Shakespeare's "
Julius Caesar", Brutus is the tragic hero. Additionally,
the play itself, excites pity and fear which leads to
catharsis. Brutus recognizes that fact when at the end of
the play he takes his own life by falling on his own sword.
Human values are present in "Julius Caesar", the play.
Caesar valued his common men so much that he refused to
read Agamemnon's letter which might have saved his life.
All the men had " free will" when they decided to kill
Caesar by stabbing him one at a time, while court was in
session. If man has the power of free choice, he then is
forced to take responsibility for his actions. Therefore,
all of the assassins either are killed by Caesar's
followers, or kill themselves knowing that what they had
done was wrong.
Marcus Brutus had many characteristics which classify him
as a tragic hero. Marcus Brutus was a highly renowned
person. His leadership qualities were what allowed him to
be in control of the group of assassins. Brutus was not
either a saint or a sinner. His actions reflected his love
for the republic and his willingness to preserve it at any
cost. His fall was contributed to hubris, which caused him
to think he was better than any other individual. He made
the poor judgment of letting Mark Anthony speak at Caesar's
funeral, shifting the support of the mob from Brutus to
Anthony. Brutus suffered all out of proportion to his
offense. His death at the end was worse then what he
deserved, by having to land on his own sword rather than
having a companion kill him.
Julius Caesar is a classical tragedy and Brutus is its
tragic hero. The play Julius Caesar is about Marcus Brutus
the tragic hero, not Julius Caesar. In life, men have free
will and base their decisions on what is in their brain.
Sometimes the decision is correct and sometimes it is not.
Was Brutus' decision to kill Caesar correct? That is a
question that has yet to be resolved.
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