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Does Brutus “qualify” as a tragic hero? Marcus Brutus does qualify as the tragic hero in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. A tragic hero is a good or even great man and thus wins our sympathy causing catharsis. A tragic hero displays hamartia— the hero makes a mistake causing the downfall of his fortune. A tragic hero usually brings suffering and death to other characters, even a whole country. Finally, a tragic hero goes into a situation in which there is no getting out of because of the decisions he has made.Marcus Brutus has many characteristics of a tragic hero thus making him the tragic hero in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Marcus Brutus is a good, even great man and thus wins our sympathy causing catharsis.
Brutus is very proud of his reputation for honour and nobleness; he would do anything if he believes the right reasons are behind it. Brutus makes moral decisions very slowly; he is constantly at war with himself even after he has decided on a course of action.He has been thinking about the problem that Caesar represents to Roman liberty for an unspecified time when the play opens. After Cassius raises the subject and asks for Brutus’ commitment to join the conspiracy, he requests time to think the matter over, and a month later, speaking alone in his orchard, he reveals that he has since thought of anything else causing the audience to feel catharsis towards him. Brutus is the tragic hero of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar because he displays hamartia.
Brutus made many mistakes which lead to the downfall of his fortune. Some examples of his mistakes were, when he thought it was a good idea to come out of the capital with Julius Caesar’s blood smeared on his arms all the way up to his elbows yelling “Peace, Freedom, and Liberty”, which indeed it wasn’t because Caesar was someone that the Roman citizens looked up to as their hero/leader, so it was horrifying for the Roman citizens to see the blood of Caesar on the hands of his murderer.Also, when he let Antony speak to the Roman citizens trusting that he would only say good things about Caesar and nothing bad about the conspirators, in which Antony did not obey and ended up turning the Romans against the conspirators. Finally, when he and his wife, Portia, were having a conversation after the conspirators left their house. Portia wanted to know why the conspirators were at their house. Brutus, being the loving, caring Roman that he is decided that it was best for Portia not to know about the conspiracy because in his opinion she has too much stress in her life.Later, in act 4 scene 3, Brutus tells the other men that Portia is dead because she was impatient with Brutus being gone for so long and was scared that Brutus was going to die because Octavius and Marc Antony’s army’s have gotten very strong, so she committed suicide by swallowing hot coals.
All of these scenarios are hamartia because Brutus made a mistake and they all lead to the downfall of his fortune. Brutus brought death and suffering to other characters, as well as the whole country of Rome.Brutus killed Caesar for, in his opinion, the greater good, which brought suffering to the people of Rome because their hero/leader was killed by him. Furthermore, he started a war within Rome because Julius Caesar was dead and he was one of the conspirators that killed him.
Brutus also got himself into a situation that there was no getting out of because of the decisions that he made. Brutus defiantly was in a situation where there was no escape because of the decision that he made in act 2 scene 1, when all the conspirators came to his house to try and get him to join the conspiracy.Caesar was going to crowned king of Rome the next day, so Brutus knew that he must join the conspiracy because he thought Caesar being king would make life harder for the people of Rome. As soon as Brutus made the decision to join the conspiracy he put himself in a situation where there was no turning back. Brutus made the right decision for killing Caesar for the good of Rome.
However, Brutus did not make the right decision when he decided to kill a friend. All of these elements are characteristics of a tragic hero, which qualifies Marcus Brutus as the tragic hero in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.A tragic hero is a good or even great man and thus wins our sympathy causing catharsis. A tragic hero displays hamartia— the hero makes a mistake causing the downfall in his fortune.
A tragic hero usually brings suffering and death to other characters, even a whole country. Finally, a tragic hero goes into a situation in which there is no getting out of because of the decision he has made. Marcus Brutus has all these qualities and more thus concluding that he is the tragic here in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.