How Is Brutus A Tragic Hero

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A Tragic Hero’s Pride Every story has a tragic hero, sometimes in stories or novels it’s more obvious who that hero is. In the beginning of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus is loved and described as a noble person by everyone in Rome that knows him, but he lets this go to his head. He ends up judging people based on his ideals on what’s moral and right, causing him to make rash decisions that lead to his ultimate demise. In the end, Brutus becomes a tragic hero who lets his pride lead to his downfall. To emphasize Brutus’ change he says “People, and senators, be not affrighted fly not; stand still; ambition’s debt is paid” (III.ii.82-83). Brutus tries to assure the people that the conspirators won’t admit that things have changed. In addition, Brutus tries to reassure people that he is till honorable even though he has killed Caesar when he says “He shall be satisfied and, my honor, depart untouched” (III.i.182-183). Brutus believes that if he lets Antony leave he will come to understand why they had to kill Caesar, and even puts it on his honor. Since he let Antony go and not listen to Cassius’ judgment, Antony comes back and turns against Brutus and the conspiracy. Similarly, he goes on to say “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” (III.ii.21-22). In the quote Brutus is saying that he still loved Caesar, but he believed he was helping Rome when he decided to kill Caesar; when he could have talked it out with Caesar instead. He thinks