Brutus the Tragic Hero

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In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus displays the traits of a tragic hero through out this play. His tragic flaw is his being too naive. He makes an error in judgment, and when this error occurred it causes his own downfall. But Brutus causes his own downfall when after killing Caesar all of Rome turns against the conspirators. And all these events lead to his death. He demonstrates the quality of honor many times The main reason that Marcus Brutus deserves the title of tragic hero is his noble personality. First of all, throughout the play, he never deceives anyone. Although he did murder Julius Caesar, it was for the good of Rome, not to deceive Caesar. Everything that he did was for the benefit of someone else. Even though he killed Antony's best friend, Antony still recognized Brutus as "the noblest Roman of them all."(5.5.68-70) He does this in Act 5, Scene 5, after Brutus' death because of Brutus, the only conspirator that actually killed Caesar because "not that I lov'd Caesar less but that I lov'd Rome more. (3.2.22) He cared more about others than he did himself. For instance, in the process of killing Caesar, he could have easily backed out because he knew he might have been punished, but he knew in the long run, that it would help the plebeians most. Another example of his selflessness is in Act 2, Scene 1. Brutus frequently demonstrated many acts of affection toward others, such as Cassius. In Act 1, Scene 2, he is reluctant to join Cassius's conspiracy because he did not want to betray Caesar. He had to weigh his choices and in Act 3, Scene 2, Brutus kills Caesar only because he is afraid of what will happen to Rome if Caesar remains ruler. He knew the commoners’ lives would be difficult with the ruling of Caesar. This is shown again in the same Act and Scene when Brutus allows Mark Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral even though

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