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Brutus is a tragic hero because he is the character that made an error of judgment and brought on a tragedy. In the beginning he was a benevolent person and a good friend of Caesar.

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Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. Brutus is the tragic hero in the book Julius Caesar. In the play, Julius Caesar became a ruler in the triumphret in Rome, yet there was a group of people who disliked this very much. The group of people came together to become the conspirators and together decided they would rather have Brutus, a friend of Caesars, become the ruler of Rome. So after writing him fake letters from citizens convincing him to be the ruler, he joined in the conspiracy and they decided they had to assassinate Caesar. Brutus helped assassinate his friend because he believed it was for the good of Rome, because Caesar was a very bad ruler. ...read more.

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By joining the conspiracy it changed him from a very respectable citizen and friend into a deceitful person and backstabbing friend to Caesar (literally). All of these things combined led to the tragedy of many things. One tragedy that occurred was Portia, Brutus' wife, killed herself because he wasn't around. If he wouldn't have joined the conspiracy then he never would have been ran out of town and she never would have killed herself. Another tragedy was the war with Antony, it was obviously caused because of Brutus killing Antony's friend Caesar. The last but most noticeable tragedy was Brutus killing himself. If he would have never agreed to help assassinate his friend Caesar, he would have never had to suffer through all the tragedies and he would have lived a lot longer. ...read more.

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He never showed any love for her and never really did anything good for anyone. So since a tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy, Brutus defiantly qualifies as the tragic character in Julius Caesar. You can clearly tell that Brutus had much more of a tragedy then Caesar, because Caesar had this coming to him. Brutus would have been just fine without making that one mistake of joining the conspiracy, but he did and then he ended up dead. Caesar could have prevented the whole thing by not being such a self-centered egotistical leader. Neither of them did this and that's the reason why we ended up with the tragedy of both of them, and with Brutus being the tragic hero. ...read more.

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