"A Tragic Hero"-Julius Caesar William Shakespeare

Essay by CcodymanHigh School, 10th gradeA+, May 2004

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"A tragic hero, in literature, is a protagonist that is otherwise perfect except for a tragic flaw, that eventually brings him down in the end."(Wikipedia dictionary) Through out history, there have been tragic heroes in fiction and history. In history we can see this trough people such as people like Martin Luther King Jr. or John F. Kennedy. In the story Jack and the Bean stock, Jack gets some beans and plants them and climbs up the bean stock. When he is up there he gets in trouble which is his character flaw. For a character to be a tragic hero they must have a flaw. In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar's tragic flaw of hubris which is shown in ways such as Caesar's blindness to realize things, refusal to listen, and being overconfident, eventually leads to his tragic fall.

Julius Caesar commits several tragic flaws, but one of the more noticeable flaws is his blindness to realize the betrayals that happen such as Bruits stabbing him and Decius convincing him to go to the Senate.

First, Caesar is duped by his friend Bruits, which later on kills him and as Bruits stabs Caesar, Caesar cries out "Et tu, Brutè"(III.i.85) This shows that Caesar was so blinded by all the surroundings he didn't notice that. Second, Caesar's also displayed the flaw of blindness when he was tricked into believing he should not believe Calphurnia's dream. "This dream is all amiss interpreted. It was a vision fair and fortunate. Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,

In which so many smiling Romans bathed Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck

Reviving blood and that great men shall press For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance. This by Calphurnia's dream is signified"(II.ii.87.95) This shows that Caesar is carried...