Et Tu Brute - Brutus as a Tragic Hero

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Tragic Hero Brutus

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is full of important literary elements for students to explore. One of these elements is the tragic hero, a protagonist who seems to be ill-fated, and destined for doom. In this play, Brutus is the tragic hero as he leads himself and many others to their ruin and deaths.

The Greek philosopher Aristotle first articulated the specific attributes or principles of a tragic hero. For the storyboard above, students can use a template to storyboard the qualities that make Brutus a tragic hero. The finished product outlines each of Aristotle's principles with a detailed explanation of the specific attributes.

Brutus - Tragic Hero

ATTRIBUTEDESCRIPTIONExample from Julius Caesar
HamartiaHero's Flaw that Causes Downfall Brutus’s love of Rome demands he do anything required to preserve it.
HubrisExcessive Pride Brutus was so certain of his justness in killing Caesar, he didn’t anticipate that the people of Rome would follow Antony against him.
PeripeteiaReversal of Fortune Antony turns the crowd against him during Caesar’s eulogy.
AnagnorisisMoment of Critical Discovery He discovers that the people of Rome have turned on the conspirators and they must prepare for battle.
NemesisFate that Cannot be Avoided Once Caesar has been killed, it is inevitable that Brutus will go to war with Antony. Caesar’s ghost foreshadows this defeat.
CatharsisAudience's Feeling of Pity or Fear After the Hero's Fall Antony finds Brutus’ body and requests that he be buried as a hero. The audience is sad that a noble man, with good intentions, suffered such a tragic fate.


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Create a storyboard that shows how Brutus can be considered a tragic hero.


  1. Identify events of the play or characteristics of Brutus that fit into Aristotelian attributes of a tragic hero.
  2. Illustrate examples for Hamartia, Hubris, Peripeteia, Anagnorisis, Nemesis, and Catharsis.
  3. Write a short description below each cell that specifically relates Brutus as a tragic hero.
  4. Save and submit the assignment.

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