4th Hour English 2
Julius Ceasar takehome essay
In the play Julius Ceasar you would imagine the hero would be Julius if you just read
the cover. However If you read the story you would find out that Ceasar actually gets killed by
the third act. The consistent “hero” like character is Brutus. Brutus from the very beginning is
all about honor. When he joins the conspirators he is willing to kill his best friend because he
believes that the chances of Julius being a poor ruler of Rome are too great.
Brutus is interested in the best thing he can do for all of Rome and not for himself.
That is a very valiant and honorable quality to have. That makes Brutus a good candidate to
be the hero of this play. He is so determined to do the right thing that the idea of killing Ceasar
will keep Rome’s Government in tact. He has no bad feelings about Caesar in terms that he
was a bad friend or person, but Brutus just decided that the risks were too high to keep
After Ceasar is dead and Brutus is trying to convince the people of Rome it was the
right thing to do he speaks like there is nothing wrong with his choice because he is so
convinced it was a great choice. This is where Brutus’s tragic flaws hurt him. Brutus doesn’t
consider that people might not interpret the situation exactly as he did; the regular person
doesn’t murder their best friend as a noble action very often.
Brutus has tragic flaws but that almost makes him more of