Annotated Bibliography of a Tragic Hero ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF A TRAGIC HERO In Lesson 2, you read a fictional play based on the real-life of two tragic heroes—Julius Caesar himself, and his supposed friend Marcus Junius Brutus. In this assignment, you will choose one of these historical figures and research his true story looking for specific information that supports that he was indeed a tragic hero. You will create an annotated bibliography of 5 sources from which you gathered your information. See the example document to help you fully understand what is required in an annotated bibliography in terms of formatting. STEP 1: Choose Caesar OR Brutus STEP 2: Research Read about your chosen figure using the sources listed below. You will pick 5 of these sources to use for your annotated bibliography. Marcus Junius Brutus Julius Caesar Britannica.com Ancient History Encyclopedia Biography.com History.com Livius.org Biography.com “The Real Story Behind the Assassination of Julius Caesar” History Learning Site MIT Classics: Marcus Brutus Britannica.com Ancient History Encyclopedia Eye Witness to History RomanEmpire.net Livius.org AncientHistory.about.com BBC History History News Network STEP 3: Characteristics of a Tragic Hero Read through the various sources, and identify evidence from each one that shows this historical figure was a tragic hero. Use the chart below to assist you. Find evidence in your research that tells about 5 of the following traits/characteristics: Flaw or error in judgment A reversal of fortune brought about because of the hero’s error in judgment The discovery or recognition that the reversal was brought about by the hero’s own actions Excessive Pride The character’s fate must be greater than deserved Suffers more than he deserves Doomed from the start, but bears no responsibility for possessing his flaw Noble in nature, but imperfect so that the audience can see themselves in him He discovers his fate by his own actions, not by things happening to him His story arouses fear and empathy (you actually feel sorry for him) Physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death He is intelligent so he may learn from his mistakes Faced with a very serious decision to make STEP 4: Write the Annotated Bibliography (SEE EXAMPLE below) Cite each source (one at a time) with a paragraph below that citation explaining how the source shows us that the historical figure possessed a particular trait/characteristic of a tragic hero. SAMPLE BIOGRAPHY OF A TRAGIC HERO: Mark, J. J. (2018, June 26). Julius Caesar. Retrieved June 26, 2018, from https://www.ancient.eu/Julius_Caesar/ After reading this article, I felt that Julius Caesar’s story aroused fear as a military leader, and great empathy because he was assassinated. Not only did people end his life sooner than expected but his so called “heir,” Marcus Junius Brutus, helped assassinate him. His own friend got convinced to murder his friend to save the country of Rome which made me feel sorry for Julius. History.com Staff. (2009). Julius Caesar. Retrieved from https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/julius-caesar In this article I read about Julius Caesar’s political and military career. Julius was one of the world’s greatest military leaders. I think because he was a politician this meant he was intelligent and his military experience should have made him learn from mistakes. He helped lead Rome in the 50s B.C. Julius Caesar. (2017, November 30). Retrieved from https://www.biography.com/people/julius-caesar-9192504 This website was a biography on Julius Caesar. When I read the article I believe Caesar had excessive pride. One of the paragraphs said that he would cut off the hands of his enemies once their water supply was dried up. He also took over other places such as Gaul which is now France and Belgium. He had built up his military too. Julius Caesar. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/ancient-rome/julius-caesar/ In this article I read about Caesar was appointed the position of being an ‘Adele’ which meant he had to basically keep the citizens of Rome happy. I believe he was noble in nature and I could see myself in Caesar because he really cared about the citizens in his country. He would even borrow money from people just to have the best of the best. The Assassination of Julius Caesar, 44 BC. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/caesar2.htm This website talked about the assassination of Julius Caesar. I believe Julius suffered more than he deserved. Caesar was a great military leader. He was a great politician. He became disliked when he decided to run a dictatorship. This turned around sixty members of the senate on him. I don’t think he should’ve been killed, but rather demoted and fired from running the government.
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