2nd hour 2-11-15
"Et tu Brute?" (Shakespeare, 823) were the last words of Julius Caesar. A tragic hero is a character who makes a judgment error that eventually will lead to that persons death. Killing Caesar with a sword, and then dying by his own sword, proves Brutus is a tragic hero. Brutus is a tragic hero because he is favorable, noble, and wants the best for Rome.
Brutus is a tragic hero because he is favorable. An example from Julius Caesar is when Brutus said, " Mark Antony, here, take you Caesar's body. You shall not in your funeral speech blame us, but speak all good you can devise of Caesar" (828). Brutus is telling Mark Antony that he can speak at Caesar's funeral if he promises to not blame the conspirators, but only speak good things of Caesar. Brutus allowing Antony speak at the funeral shows us why he is favorable.
In Julius Caesar it states "Good words are better than bad strokes, Octavius" (863). This quote means that Brutus does not want to fight Octavius or Antony. Instead he wants to talk to and reason with them. By saying that he does not want to fight he is being noble.
Brutus is a tragic hero because he wants the best for Rome. Unlike the other conspirators, who are motivated by their hatred for Caesar, Brutus wants to kill Caesar for the good of Rome. He says "It must be by death, and for my part, I know no personal cause to spur at him" (799).
Being favorable, noble, and wanting the best for Rome are all reasons why Brutus is a tragic hero. From the start, Brutus always wanted what was best for Rome and it's people, that is why he killed Caesar. Ironically, that is also why Brutus died. Brutus believed that Rome was better off without him so he killed himself. This ultimately makes Brutus the tragic hero of Julius Caesar.