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Josh Robertson

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Julius Caesar Essay

Is Julius Caesar a literary tragedy? Well the heroes within the play had tragic endings, the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar to save Rome, and the outcome of it all was a tragedy! Which in many people's opinions, Julius Caesar is a tragedy,

Julius Caesar contains more than one hero, including Brutus, Cassius, and Casca. They are all tragic heroes by a consequence in the play, such as Brutus' army getting defeated by Antony's and then committing suicide because of it. This quote explains Brutus' death:

"I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord:

Thou art a fellow of a good respect:

Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it:

Hold then my sword, and then turn away thy face,

While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?

Give me your hand first. Fare you well, my lord

Farwell, good Strato" (V.v.


Then when Cassius thinks his friend Titinius was surrounded by horsemen and killed, tells Pindarus to kill him because he has no reason to live without his best friend. Or when Casca commits suicide along with everyone else because of the aftermath of the battle of Philippi.

The plot of Julius Caesar is fairly tragic in some ways. The Senate (Brutus, Cassius, and Casca) felt as if Caesar was getting to much power and thought that treason was the only reason way to get rid of the problem. Before this though, a soothsayer (future teller) told Caesar to (I. ii. 20-25) "beware the ides of March", meaning the 15th of March. But Caesar ignored him and went on with his victory celebration. Once the ides of March had come, the Senate assassinates Julius Caesar and saves Rome in their opinions.

The outcome of the characters is...