In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Brutus has a tragic flaw that eventually leads him to his own downfall. By being overly trusting, Brutus develops an idealistic sense of reality that affects his judgement and ultimately causes him to kill the leader of Rome and his noble friend, Julius Caesar. Brutus represents exactly what a classic tragic hero stands for. Himself, like any tragic hero, does have some flaws. Brutus is overly trusting in others. He trusted the conspirators when they told him that murdering Caesar was for the best interest of the people. Before listening to the conspirators, he spoke of his noble friend as someone who had good judgment and as a leader who wanted the best for his people, “…and to speak of Caesar, I have not known his affections sway’d more than his reason.” (II. i. 19-21). After reading just one out of the three letters that were supposedly written by citizens of Rome, Brutus proves that he is overly trusting as he follows by saying, “But, alas, Caesar must bleed for it. And, gentle friends, let’s kill him boldly…” (II. i. 170-172), showing how he changed his mind without difficulty. He even trusted Marc Antony (Caesar’s best friend) when it came to letting him speak at Caesar’s funeral. Brutus’s main flaw also makes him be overly idealistic. If Brutus had been more realistic with his predictions for what the consequences of murdering Caesar would be, he wouldn’t have committed the crime despite what others tricked him into believing. But instead, Brutus focused on pride and the idea that he was acting for the greater good of Rome. These ideas of glory and success for himself and all of Rome interfered with his sense of reality and shortly thereafter brought him to his downfall. Brutus’s tragic flaw causes him to make some mistakes that have a big impact on his future. His first mistake was when he decided to join the conspirators. All it took was a few fake letters to convince Brutus that he needed to join them for ‘the greater good’. This shows how easily Brutus will trust someone/something without further investigating the matter. He considered the opinion of three people more valuable the opinion of the rest of the citizens in the whole city. Secondly, Brutus believed that if he let Antony speak to the people, it would make the conspirators look better and less guilty. This idea is very idealistic and even a little far-fetched. Brutus had little control over what Antony would say, even with the guidelines that he had given him. As a result, Antony’s influential speech is what caused the outbreak of the civil war. His last mistake was when he went ahead and marched to Philippi, even when Cassius advised differently. This shows how Brutus has a difficult time realizing the reality of a situation since he goes forth with his plan and disregards all warnings. Moments before Brutus commits suicide, he says, “Caesar, now be still: I kill’d not thee with half so good a will.” (V. v. 51). This shows his repentance and realization of his tragic flaw, which proves that if he had thought things more thoroughly and was less trusting in others, then he wouldn’t have brought this ‘tragedy’ upon himself.