Julius Caesar the tragic hero Essays and Papers

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Julius Caesar the tragic hero

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
Shakespeare’s 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 Aristotle’s 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 Aristotle’s qualifications of a tragic hero, the fact
that Caesar fits it better is undeniable. Shakespeare makes his point almost too clear.
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