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A common component in Shakespeare’s tragedies is the occurrence of a tragic hero, a character who is usually from a noble family, an respectable man with a fatal flaw that leads to his downfall.
The title character in Julius Caesar is the tragic hero. Caesar is an honorable man, loved by a majority of the citizens whose dreadful pride leads to his destruction. Shakespeare wants his audience to know that Caesar was a man of honor loved by most people.In the beginning of the play, the working class men are out in the streets to “make/ holiday to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph” (1.
1. 34-35) showing how much they love him. Later, after Caesar’s assassination, Antony addresses the conspirators, speaking of Caesar having “the most noble blood of all this world” (3. 1.
156). Further illustrating Caesar’s goodness and the people’s loyalty to him is the reading of his will, in which he provides money and land for all the citizens.The crowd, upon hearing Antony read the will, erupts into a frenzy, burning down the houses of Brutus and Cassius, shouting “Most noble Caesar! We’ll revenge his death” (3.
2. 244). Although Caesar was honorable and loved by the people, he was very prideful.
For example, “What can be avoided/ Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods? / Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions/ Are to the world in general as to Caesar” (2. 2. 27-29).
Caesar compares himself with the gods and avoids Calpurnia’s warnings to Turner 2 tay home from the Senate. If he heeds her warning, he might not be murdered. To further exemplify Caesar’s pride, he declares, “Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause/ Will he be satisfied” (3. 1.
47-48). Caesar says he does nothing wrong, and he will not allow Publius to return from banishment. Speaking of himself, Caesar states, “Yet in the number I do know of but one/ That unassailable holds on his rank, / Unshaked of motion; and that I am he” (3. 1. 68-70). Caesar is saying that he is the only one that is unmovable.This fatal flaw led to Caesar’s downfall, the assassination.
Cassius tries to convince Brutus that Caesar is no better than Brutus by saying, “ ‘Brutus’ and ‘Caesar. ’ What should be in that ‘Caesar’? / Why should that name be sounded more than yours? ” (1. 2. 142-43). Brutus thinks that Caesar should die because there is no telling what would happen to Caesar’s character if he became king. “It must be by his death; and for my part, / I know no personal cause to spurn at him, / But for the general.
He would be crowned. How that might change his nature, there the question” (2. 1. 10-14).
Brutus thinks that if Caesar became king, he would make enslave the people of Rome. “Not that I loved Caesar less, / But that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar/ were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar/ were dead, to live all freemen? ” (3. 2.
22-25). In this play, the tragic hero, Caesar, though loved by the people, was led to his destruction by pride. It is clear that Julius Caesar is the tragic hero of Shakespeare’s wonderful tragedy, Julius Caesar.