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Who is the real hero of ‘Julius Caesar’?

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Who is the real hero of 'Julius Caesar'? King Richard The Lionheart, Alexander The Great, Saladin, Joan Of Arc, Gengis Khan........and the list goes on and on. All these people had one thing in common - they were all considered great heroes because of their honour, nobility, justice and patriotism. A hero is a person whose actions are based on the good will for all people rather than himself or herself. There are many candidates who could be considered a hero - it could be Caesar himself, or it could be his best friend Mark Antony, it could also be Cassius - the founder of the conspiracy, or it might be Brutus - the leader of the conspiracy. However some of these characters had more than just mere good will in their actions. Julius Caesar being the centre of the big ordeal is the first person to look at. When he is first seen, he is hailed upon as a great man who refuses the crown three times. He is clearly the hero for the people at that time. His heroism is questioned when we look at his previous actions. He has just returned from killing Pompey and his sons to gain complete control of Rome instead of sticking to his triumvirate. He was ambitious or it is also said he only wanted power i. ...read more.

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I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor, Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber Did I the tired Caesar. And this man Is now become a god, and Cassius is A wretched creature and must bend his body, If Caesar carelessly but nod on him. And: He had a fever when he was in Spain, And when the fit was on him, I did mark How he did shake: 'tis true, this god did shake; His coward lips did from their colour fly, And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world Did lose his lustre: I did hear him groan: Ay, and that tongue of his that bade the Romans Mark him and write his speeches in their books, Alas, it cried 'Give me some drink, Titinius,' As a sick girl. Ye gods, it doth amaze me A man of such a feeble temper should So get the start of the majestic world And bear the palm alone. more than pointing out his(Caesar's) tyranny: Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men Walk under his huge legs and peep about To find ourselves dishonourable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. ...read more.

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(Antony's account of Brutus Act V Sc5) Another way from which we can find out that Brutus's actions were more towards the good will of Rome is by looking at his soliloquy in Act II sc1 in which he reasons on why to kill Caesar: It must be by his death; and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. and also by looking at a particular part of Act IV Sc3: Remember March, the ides of March remember. Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake? What villain touch'd his body, that did stab, And not for justice? What shall one of us , That struck the foremost man of all this world But for supporting robbers, shall we now Contaminate our fingers with base bribes, And sell the mighty space of our large honours For so much trash as may be grasped thus? I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon, Than such a Roman. Where his love for justice, his honour, nobility, and patriotism are justified. Even when he died, he died honourably like a true hero - he ran on his own sword! Therefore in all the major characters Brutus was the only true hero in the play. Only his actions were based on the good will of Rome without any personal reasons. Thus it is true to say that 'This was a man!'. ...read more.

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