Julius Caesar: Comparison between Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus. Essay for declaraing who is true tragic hero.

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The True Tragic Hero

In Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus and Julius Caesar are different characters, but somehow similar. Marcus Brutus is a Roman political leader, son-in-law of the Roman philosopher Marcus Porcius Cato the Younger, born in Rome, and educated in law. Julius Caesar is a Roman general and statesman, who laid the foundations of the Roman imperial system. Brutus's honorable ideals leave him open for manipulation by Cassius, a man opposed to Caesar. He believes so thoroughly in the purpose of the assassination that he does not perceive the need for excessive political management to justify the murder. This loyalty helps to bring about his death, as he refuses to pay attention to ill omens and goes willingly to the Senate, into the hands of his murderers. Marcus Brutus is shown to be the true tragic hero in Shakespeare's play of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar because Brutus never sees his fault, and he dies remorseful for his deeds, but none the wiser on himself.

Marcus Brutus is a man good enough to be a tragic hero showing his goodness in every sense that everyone else knew it in the play. Some people say Julius Caesar is a tragic hero because the citizens of Rome love Caesar so much that they offer him the throne three times. Julius Caesar had already been the leader of Rome without being king, and had led his own army to many great victories. Here are three obvious signs of much power. Caesar can brag of his prosperity through his wealth, his many friends, and his loving wife. Caesar's tragic flaw helps to make his death more of a tragedy. When Julius Caesar enters the Senate, Cassius worries that the assassination plot has been discovered. Trebonius draws Antony...