The Enlightenment of the Great Julius Caesar
In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar could definitely be thought of as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character in a story that is high standing in society, but has a flaw that inevitably leads to their downfall. Julius Caesar definitely fits this description. He is a leader in Rome and has everything he could ever want. However, he does have a weakness which will be devastating to his life. There are many people who would like to kill him but Caesar is not worried. Julius Caesar’s flaw is arrogance and believes he is invulnerable. He also, right before his death discovers a discernment more devastating than the knife wounds, and finally he is and unsympathetic character because of many reasons.
Julius Caesar, even though he is considered great, turns out to contain many flaws. He believes himself to be untouchable, and has a confidence that he cannot be harmed, even though that ...view middle of the document...
All of these examples just prove that Caesar was not perfect, but believed he was indomitable.
Right before Julius Caesar was cruelly murdered he had a moment of enlightenment. He trusted Brutus with his life but Brutus failed him. Julius Caesar loved Brutus with his whole heart and Brutus even says he loves Caesar as well. Brutus says, “I would not, Cassius, yet I love him well” (892). That is why when Brutus himself struck a blow at Caesar it was such a shock to him. The last person Caesar expected to conspire against him was noble Brutus. Caesar says right before he dies, “Et tu, Brute” (938)? Then Caesar died. Antony sums it up the best when he says, “This was the unkindest cut of all; for when the noble Caesar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than Traitor’s arms, quite vanquished him” (954). This may have been why Caesar died. Not from the wounds, but from the shock of Brutus betraying him.
Overall I think the character of Julius Caesar is unsympathetic. In a way I think he allowed those things happen to him. He let his demise happen by not listening to his wife’s wise fore dream. In her fore dream she predicted, “She dreamt tonight she saw my statue, which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts, did run pure blood, and many lusty Romans came smiling and did bathe their hands in it” (927). He is a nonchalant character who believes himself to be impenetrable. Also, Julius shows a weakness by believing himself weak to listen to a woman. This also proves he was not honorable. Caesar did not respect women which I take as a grievous fault. Respect for women should be high in every man’s eye. One example is when Caesar does not respect Calphurnia’s wishes to stay home, but blames her for almost making him stay. Caesar says, “How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia! I am ashamed I did yield to them” (928). This disrespect and failure to listen are some of the reasons Caesar is not honorable or sympathetic. Yet, he was an effective ruler. He ruled with kindness, but otherwise he wasn’t wise in his decisions.
In conclusion, Julius Caesar is definitely a tragic hero. Although he had many weaknesses, he was kind and just to the people of Rome. Julius Caesar’s downfall opened many Roman’s eyes to the flaws of their society held.