Tragic Hero Essay - Julius Caesar

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In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus faces the difficult decision of whether or not to kill his close friend, Caesar. Brutus desperately wanted a way to get Caesar out of his potential tyranny peacefully; this, however, was impossible for Brutus to do. Caesar was becoming corrupted with power. Brutus couldn’t let the people of Rome suffer in this way. Through lots of plotting, Brutus creates a conspiracy with the Senate to kill the ruler. Both Caesar and his people respect Brutus. In lines 85-89 of Act 1, Scene 2, Brutus states, “But wherefore do you hold me here so long? What is it that you would impart to me? If it be aught towards the general good, set honor on one eye and death i’ the other, and I will look on both indifferently.” These lines claim that Brutus’s actions are only for the greater good of Rome. However, his sudden action releases evil impulses. Even after committing such a crime, I agree with the judgment of Brutus' character and the reasons for his actions. If Brutus were truly an evil man, he would not have to hesitate in killing Caesar, and his first concern would not have been the good of Rome. In lines 90-91 of Act 1, Scene 2, Brutus says, “For let the gods so speed me as I love the name of honor more than I fear death.” This states that not only would Brutus take someone’s life for the good of Rome, he would also give his own. He would rather die with dignity, than run from death. An actual evil man would be Cassius, who cares solely about his own personal needs and nothing else. Brutus, however, was truly in the conspiracy only to benefit Rome. Once Brutus had convinced himself that there was no other way to handle the matter of Caesar’s corruption of power, he refused to hurt anyone else. In lines 163-168 of Act 2, Scene 1, Cassius says, “I think it is not meet Mark Antony, so well beloved of
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