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Julius Caesar Tragedy

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Polly Leung Dr. Kowalcyzk ENG2D7 June 4th, 2012 The Tragedy Which Is Julius Caesar Tragedy has been defined as ?a dramatic composition, dealing with a serious somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character of conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society to downfall or destruction.? William Shakespeare establishes the play Julius Caesar as a tragedy through the establishment of the character of Brutus as the tragic hero through Brutus? continuous internal struggle upon which he decides whether to dedicate his loyalty to Caesar or to Rome, the turn of events as Brutus and Cassius flee as Antony gets the public to turn against him after Brutus? murder of Caesar, ending with Brutus realizing his fault in the past events and committing suicide due to it. In the following paragraphs, the series of events of the play will be further analyzed and explicated as a tragedy. ...read more.


The overpowering force in this play Brutus keeps facing is both Cassius as well as himself. Brutus is man of honour is lead to believe that the decisions he made to join Cassius? plot to murder Caesar was in the better hope for the Roman society against tyranny. ?Let?s be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius./ We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar,? (2.1.166-167.) These two lines really emphasize the strength of Cassius? words, as these lines were said moments before they set out to kill Caesar. Brutus is already resolved in murdering Caesar, and this belief will become an apparent flaw that solidifies his fate of tragic death as seen later on in the play. Ultimately, his final decision to comply with the conspirators will become the catalyst of Caesar?s murder. The next act highlights the climax of the play, upon which Caesar is murdered by Brutus and chaos is amidst all the citizens of Rome. ...read more.


Because of this, Brutus? attempts to suppress the plebeian?s panic have been undone with Antony gaining the support of all the plebeians. The plebeians say, ?We?ll burn the house of Brutus.? as well as ?Most noble Caesar, we?ll revenge his death!? None of the plebeians support the conspirators any longer and instead are set on avenging for Caesar?s death. ?I heard him say Brutus and Cassius/ Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome.? Cassius and Brutus are forced to flee from Rome for their lives, and they are set on a downhill path of no return. The last two acts in the play draw attention to the ideas of retribution, anagnorisis and death. Brutus is already on his destined path towards tragic destruction after he had fled Rome. Anagnorisis is the idea of realizing the fault within oneself. Brutus discovers the flaw in his belief of creating a better Rome through murdering Caesar. ...read more.

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