Protagonist of Julius Caesar
Arthur E. Nin
The definition of a protagonist is “The leading character or major character in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.” But a protagonist can also be defined as a character that changes, has a tragic flaw, and a character in which the play revolves around. In Julius Caesar the argument about whether Brutus or Caesar is the protagonist has been a baffling one. Here to shed some light on the argument, it is not Caesar that is the protagonist but it is Brutus. Brutus is the protagonist of Julius Caesar because he is a character that is difficult to move but nevertheless moved, has a tragic flaw, and the main focus of the play.
In the Play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare most of the play revolves around moving Brutus to the extent in which he has to decide whether to backstab his best friend Caesar or side with him. With the perseverance of Cassius and the conspirators Brutus is moved through several techniques. One of these techniques includes the fake letters written by the “people of Rome”. This is shown when Brutus says “Speak, strike, redress! Am I entreated to Speak and strike? O’ Rome, I make thee promise, if the redress will follow, thou receivest thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!” (Julius Caesar, Act Two Scene I Lines 56-58). Brutus is saying in this quote that if a solution to your problems can be found through my actions then you will get what you need from me. Basically Brutus, believing that Rome is expressing its desires through one entire letter accepts their challenge of “Speak, strike, redress!” to act upon Caesar as his ancestors once did, heroically driving Tarquin out of power.
A protagonist in most cases is the Tragic Hero of the play. Although it is argued that Caesar was a tragic hero, a tragic hero must know his flaw before he dies and Caesar dies before he can realize his tragic...