Explain why the play Julius Caesar is a tragedy.
A tragedy is defined as
This definition perfectly sums up what Julius Caesar is… it’s a tragedy. It has dramatic composition, it’s written in verse and has a tragic hero with a major flaw. But who is this tragic hero?
Many believe Julius Caesar is the tragic hero because he was ambitious and thought he was a god, that he was immortal which was his major flaw and what in the end was why he died.’Brutus loves thee not. Thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Caesar. If thou beest not immortal, look about you. Security gives way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee’ This and his most trusted colleges backstabbing him (literally) are why many people assume he is the tragic hero but is he really?
Yes his name is the title of the play which somewhat might give us a reason to believe he is the tragic hero but I believe there is another tragic hero… his name is Marcus Brutus!
BRUTUS… HOW CAN BRUTUS BE A TRAGIC HERO? HE KILLED CASEAR!
Yes it is true that Brutus killed Caesar and turned the others against him but that doesn’t mean Brutus didn’t love Caesar, he just loved Rome more. ‘If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more’. Brutus thought Caesar was ambitious and killed him because of it… but is that really why Brutus killed Caesar. I think it is because he was manipulated by the chip on his shoulder which was one of his many flaws. That chip was Cassius. Cassius fuelled the fire that caused Brutus to kill Caesar which then caused Brutus to commit suicide.
In conclusion the main reason Julius Caesar is a tragedy is because of the tragic hero, Brutus, who makes mistakes, and suffers the consequences – death in the end.