Brutus, Hero or Villain

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In the play of Julius Caesar, written by the famous William Shakespeare, it begins with the celebration of Caesar’s arrival after defeating Pompey in battle. After the celebration, omens, and arguments, Brutus along with Cassius and other conspirators murder Caesar. Antony and Octavius go to war against Brutus and Cassius over the matter later on in the play. This story is mostly seen through Brutus’ view; According to Aristotle, tragic heroes are characters that are often noble or great and appear perfect, but have flaw(s) which lead him or her to their unavoidable downfall. The tragic hero’s defeat is partly, if not entirely, the character’s own fault, though the downfall usually is worse than the character deserves. If the tragic hero survives, he or she usually becomes conscious of what caused their collapse. They learn and grow as to why such a thing happened. Tragic heroes are typically the protagonist. They are observed over closer than the other characters. Their flaw and foreseeable end usually makes the audience feel pity, empathy, sympathy, and/or compassion for the character. Although sometimes the story told through the character; giving the story an unreliable viewpoint. Watching the events, the audience can easily see where everything has gone wrong, though it might not be so easily seen by the characters. Brutus can easily be as one of the tragic heroes in the play Julius Caesar. Although Brutus was not only once a loyal friend of Caesar’s, but he was also one of the conspirators that murdered him. A large portion of the story was contributed to illustrating how conflicted Brutus was in making his decision to join the conspirators in their plot to murder

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