The conspirators assassinated Caesar for personal, political, and philosophical reasons. Cassius’ jealousy towards Caesar and desire for power lead him to killing Caesar. Cassius’ jealousy towards Caesar is shown when he says “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” (Shakespeare, 23). Cassius is asking Brutus why Caesar is more famous than him.
This also reveals another side of Brutus. By the use of the word ‘must’ it shows that Cassius has influenced Brutus into thinking in a vile manner. His is no more portrayed as the peaceful and honourable man that only thinks of the people. Brutus wants the killing of Caesar to look like he is going to kill Caesar for the public. This is shown by the use of the words “I know no personal cause to spurn at him, but for the General.” Brutus says that he is joining the conspiracy only for the people when in fact; Brutus is using this as an excuse to kill Caesar.
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.
A tragic flaw is a weakness that makes a hero susceptible to mistake, which brings on the fate of personal tragedy. Brutus‘s tragic flaw is his honor, which interferes with most of his decisions and blinds him thought out the play. During his speech, Brutus explains that he killed Caesar for the good of the people, to show to the people that he had more honor to the people and not Caesar, by saying, “It’s not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.”(III, 2 20-1) Brutus believed that his honor to Rome meant more
His reasoning for killing Caesar was the fact that Caesar was too ambitious. Although this was a good reason it was all an assumption and he gave no evidence on how Caesar was ambitious. Although Brutus did hypothetical situations to the countrymen to convince them further that Caesar could of became a tyrant. For the love of Rome is why Brutus murdered Caesar and that convinced the people that there was no man nobler than Brutus. He had won them over until Antony began his speech.
This action leads to him being considered a tragic hero. Creon’s human flaw of arrogance causes him to ignore reasoning and advice and listen only to his own thoughts. He states, "My voice is the one voice giving orders in this city". He is afraid to go back on his word because it will hurt his pride and he is afraid that it will cause him to lose power with his subjects. This action causes him to lose everyone that he loves.
Antony was the person who instigated the war. If they had killed him, he would not have had the chance to turn the people against the conspirators. Another mistake Brutus made, was that he allowed Antony to speak in Caesar's funeral. When the conspirators were discussing it, Cassius thought it to be a bad idea, but Brutus, as naive and trusting as he is, said yes, but only as long as Antony let him speak first and promised not to say anything bad about them. When they left, Antony, in his soliloquy, spoke of revenge.
He was ashamed of Brutus and the other conspirators. He felt anger, remorse, and fear for the future of Rome. He felt his heart was lost and lies with Caesar. Antony explained to the people that the conspirators should die; their death would avenge Caesar’s. Antony’s speech was more powerful than Brutus’.
An example of his tragic flaw is the trust he puts in Cassius. This backfires as Cassius tricks him into killing Caesar for selfish reasons. Another example of his naïve attitude is allowing Mark Antony to give a eulogy speech at Caesar’s funeral. This, it once again backfires and Mark Antony ends up turning the plebeians against him. This is shown when Mark Antony uses reverse psychology by stating “But Brutus is an honorable man.” His tragic flaw shapes and foreshadows his downfall.
It is the type of irony you notice almost as soon as you read it. The first example of verbal irony in Oedipus Rex Act _ Scene _ is when Oedipus demands that the evil man who murdered King Laius be cruelly punished without realizing that the man who murdered him is none other than himself. This is verbal irony because Oedipus does not realize that he has actually condemned himself. Another example of verbal irony is when Oedipus accuses Creon of framing him for the murder of Laius so that Creon would become king. Creon states that he is not interested in being king as he is contented with his present position of wealth and power.