In Julius Caesar or J

In Julius Caesar or J - their household. "No, my...

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Rafael Rodriguez In Julius Caesar or J.C. Brutus and Claudius and some of their friends think Caesar is getting too uppity so they assassinate him in the Capitol. Unfortunately they are chased out of town by the crowd and Caesar's pal Antony who, together with Caesar's nephew, track them down, defeat them in a battle and cause them to commit suicide. This story follows Aristotle's rules of tragedy: Harmartia, Hubris ,Anagnorisis ,Peripeteia, Catharsis. Brutus displays hamartia, which is the heroes reversal of fortune in classical mistaken  judgment,  weakness of character or incident. Brutus surely had a reverse of fortune, this is  shown when he and his wife, Portia, were having a discussion after the conspirators left 
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Unformatted text preview: their household. "No, my Brutus you have some sick offense within your mind. Which by the right and virtue of my place I ought to know of" (act 2-scene 2) Portia died by swallowing hot coals. This is hamartia because Brutus made a mistake in judgment by not telling Portia about the conspiracy when she wanted to know. Caesar shows Hubris which is excessive confidence when he says " its only hubris if I fail". He's very confident and it will not be excessive if he doesn't fail his task, but if he does fail then he has no reason to be so cocky about himself....
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This note was uploaded on 01/10/2012 for the course ENGLISH 1301 taught by Professor Jelinski during the Winter '11 term at Palo Alto College.

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