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Julius Caersar - Analysis of Brutus
        In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William 
Shakespeare, the character Marcus Brutus fits the definition of the 
tragic hero. Like other tragic heroes, he had great promise, ability, 
and integrity of character. He had a tragic flaw. He had a lust for 
power, and he died at the end of the play.
        Brutus had great promise, ability, and strength of character. 
The fact that he could single-handedly take over the group of 
conspirators, and completely overrule Cassius demonstrates his 
strength of character, and his influence on others. 
        Brutus's tragic flaw was that he was too trusting. He frankly 
and honestly felt that he had had to kill Caesar in order to save Rome 
from tyranny. He trusted Antony not to blame the conspirators in his 
speech at Caesar's funeral. Antony broke that promise and got Brutus 
and the others into deep trouble. Brutus also trusted Cassius. Cassius 
only asked Brutus to be a part of the conspiracy as a way of getting 
closer to Caesar. He never suspected that Brutus would take over the 
group and become their leader. Cassius thought that he was getting 
someone to lead the men, but that he would still be the head man. 
Brutus, however, took all power away from Cassius, and Cassius no 
longer had any say in the happenings of the group.
        Brutus had a conscience. It was obvious that Brutus felt 
terrible about Caesar's death, but he felt that it was the only way to 
keep peace in Rome.  When Caesar's ghost came to Brutus, it could have 
been a real ghost, but it also may have been Brutus's conscience 
coming back to haunt him. After all, stabbing one's best friend is 
dishonorable, and Brutus was an honorable man, so anything that he did 
that was dishonorable was not acknowledged. Brutus did not associate 
anything dishonorable with himself, and so when he did do something 
dishonorable, he did not admit it to himself.
        Brutus died at the end of the play of his own will. "Farewell 
Strato. Caesar now be still. I killed not thee with half so good a 
will." Brutus felt unbearable remorse for Caesar's death, and his 
final words told that. 
        Brutus had a lust for power. When he joined the conspirators, 
he immediately took over. When they were considering asking Cicero to 
be one of the conspirators, Brutus would not have it even thought he 
was the only one who objected. Having an older, more experienced 
person in the group would have put Brutus out of power, and he would 
have had to settle for second-in-command.  Brutus could not really 
predict what Caesar would have done with the crown. He did know that 
if Caesar was crowned, however, then he had no chance of ever being 
crowned himself.          
        Brutus filled the description of the tragic hero quite well. 
He was a great man, and everyone knew it. Though he killed Caesar, he 
had a valid excuse which he had the people believe. He thought that 
killing Caesar was the right thing to do, even though it was not. Any 
way one looks at it, Brutus was a great man, and a tragic hero. 
"This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save 
only he-- did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in 
general honest thought-- and common good to all, made one of them. His 
life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might 
stand up-- And say to all the world, 'This was a man!'" -Marcus Antony

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