Brutus’ idealism and goodness are evident throughout the play; he sees only the goodness in people and naively believes others are as honorable as he.
Even his enemy, Mark Antony, comments on these traits at the end of the play: “This was the noblest Roman of them all.” Brutus’ tragic flaws are idealism, honor, and poor judgment which are taken advantage of at first by Cassius and later by Mark Antony.
At the same time, Cassius points out Caesar’s weaknesses: his deafness, his epileptic fits, and lack of swimming ability.
Brutus continues his misjudgment when he reads the bogus letters and believes that these express the true feelings of all of Rome.
For example, Brutus spoke in a detached way about Caesar’s death while Antony spoke to the emotions of the crowd by crying and talking about all the good things that Caesar did for Rome.
Antony’s intelligence was very apparent throughout the play and Brutus appeared to be naive about many things.He is only fooling himself, because the other conspirators do not share his motives.The turning point of the play and Brutus’ major tragic flaw concerns his judgment of Mark Antony.He does not make quick and good judgments because of his ethical and moral views.In William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, there is a major difference between two of the characters, Brutus and Mark Antony.Brutus believes that Cassius wants to assassinate Caesar for the good of Rome, while Cassius truly wants power and a Rome not under Caesar’s control.Cassius manipulates gullible Caesar with flattery of Brutus’ ancestors and of his honor.Another one of his mistakes is allowing Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral.Brutus sees no harm in allowing Antony to speak after he has already spoken.A tragic hero often has three important characteristics; his superiority which makes his destruction seem more tragic, his goodness which arouses pity, and his tragic flaws.In the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus is an excellent example of a hero with tragic flaws.