Ceaser(Tragic Hero)

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Although Brutus was one of his best friends he was also the one who delivered the final blow to Caesar in his assassination, he is the tragic hero of this story from William Shakespeare. The definition of a tragic hero states that the hero has learned from his mistake. Also the tragic hero is a leader of men so that his people experience his fall with him just like Brutus. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. Brutus, and Caesar: what should be in that Caesar? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name” (act 1.2.140-144). That is a quote from Cassius saying that Caesar is just as noble as Brutus. “Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully. Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods, not hew him as a carcass fit for the gods” (act 2.1 172-174). This is a quote directly from Brutus speaking to the conspirators on the night before the ides of March. This is showing Brutus’ leadership of men. But he had a decision to make which was if he loved Rome more than he will kill Caesar with the conspirators on the ides of March. Another definition for a tragic hero is that he must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences possibly resulting in his death. A quote from Brutus, “Not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves than that Caesar were dead to live all freemen? As Caesar loved me I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice it. As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him” (act3.2 20-25). This quote is showing Brutus what he has done and the outcome of the hard decision he had to make. The decision is that if he loved Rome more than he shall assassinate Caesar but if not than he shall not kill him. A quote from act 2.1 lines 10-12 is saying that he has
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