In Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, who is the real tragic hero? Julius Caesar? Or Brutus?
A tragic hero must be a person of HIGH STATURE How does Caesar fit this criteria? And Brutus?
A tragic hero cannot be too good or too evil... Caesar? Brutus?
The tragic hero must have a TRAGIC FLAW within his character... What could be Julius Caesar’s Tragic Flaw? And Brutus?
The tragic flaw must cause the hero to experience a downfall... What do you think Caesar’s downfall will be? Brutus?
After the downfall, the tragic hero must arrive at an ANAGNORISIS, which means that the hero realizes he has caused his own downfall. Will Caesar have a moment of anagnorisis? Brutus?
All of these events must result from a Tragic Dilemma What was Caesar’s dilemma? Brutus?
As we finish Shakespeare’s play, keep in mind the following criteria for a Tragic Hero, as we will discuss this further (and you will write about this topic further) when the play comes to its final catastrophe. Also, there will be a quiz on these criteria next class period, as well as an essay based on the following topic:
In Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Calpurnia dreams that she sees a statue of Caesar, “Which like a fountain with a hundred spouts / Did run pure blood, and many lusty romans / came smiling and did bathe their hands in it”. In a 5 Paragraph essay, examine the 2 different interpretations of Calpurnia’s dream and explain how Calpurnia and Decius each take the same symbols and give them very different meanings. The essay will be open book. Use specific quotes!