Julius Caesar Tragic Hero Quotes

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Julius Caesar dismissed the multiple warnings to beware the Ides of March. Consequently, a group of conspirators sent daggers through the body of the ancient Roman leader. All these conspirators conspired and executed their plan due to selfish and jealous motives, excluding the play’s tragic hero. In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus fulfills the role of the tragic hero because he possesses qualities of a good person, and he has a sense of commitment. Through words and actions William Shakespeare paints the picture that Brutus is a virtuous individual who believes in and stands by certain moral traits. In the preceding discussions of the assassination of Julius Caesar, Brutus tells the conspiracy that Caesar must be killed in a decent…show more content…
Once the tragic hero has made a decision he or she sticks to it and does not waiver. Brutus is no exception to this trait. Soon after the murder of Caesar, Brutus takes full responsibility of his actions: “Do so, and let no man abide this deed / But we the doers” (3.1.103-104) Most murderers would flee the scene of the crime in an attempt to elude the consequences of their actions. The fear of what the people might do to him for killing Caesar does not stop Brutus from owning what he did. Brutus takes full responsibility for his actions, showing that he is fully committed to every aspect of this conspiracy, including possible negative responses from the people of Rome. As the play continues, Brutus continues to let nothing hinder his commitment to this conspiracy. On the discovery of Cassius’ dead body, after Cassius anxiously kills himself while impatiently waiting on news from the battlefield, Brutus chooses not to shed tears at that particular moment saying, “Friends, I owe more tears / To this dead man than you shall see me pay.--- / I shall find time, Cassius; I shall find time.---“(5.4.114-116). The death Cassius does not persuade Brutus enough to surrender his cause. He continues to be a strong leader and does not break down during a time of adversity. In the face of grief and the in the eyes of his soldiers Brutus stays strong. Brutus goes even further to say that he will continue to fight for his honorable purpose. In the following lines Brutus proclaims, “Let us to the field.--- / Labeo and Flavius set our battles on.” (5.4.120-121). Brutus also says, “We shall try fortune in a second fight.” (5.4.123). The play explicitly states that the battle will continue in the midst of the hardship endured by Brutus and his camp. Though his friend and co-general is gone, this does not distract Brutus from his objective. The commitment made to keep the claws of tyranny off from Rome is sustained. No
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