Julius ceasar - who is the rea

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Who is the real Hero of this Play? The dictionary defines a hero as man/woman who is famed for courage or deeds of prowess. The character in the play Julius Caesar, who best fits this description, is Brutus. Brutus is the hero in this play because he demonstrates certain character traits that would be necessary for a person to be defined as a hero. Brutus demonstrates how he loves Rome even more than himself and those close to him. He demonstrates honesty and leadership qualities throughout the entire play. Brutus is the only true hero in this novel due to the fact that the other characters in this play do not demonstrate these character traits to the same level, as did Brutus.

Brutus' selfless qualities are but one trait that proves him to be a hero. The killing of Caesar is a truly heroic deed. He kills Caesar because he knows that with Caesar becoming the only ruler of Rome, the latter would become a tyrant and enslave the people of Rome. "It's not that I love Caesar, but that I love Rome more." (3,2,22-3) -Brutus. This love for Rome is known by the people, and that is why the he is so popular and well respected. Cassius states, "O, he sits high in all the people's hearts…"(1,3,157-60) and Antony asserts Brutus is "The noblest man to live in this tide of times." (3,1,256-7). Brutus is not only seen as a hero by most readers, he is also seen as a hero by the people of Rome up to a certain part of the play.

Brutus is the most honourable person in Julius Caesar. How many killers would tell the whole city that they had just committed a murder? The only one that comes to mind...