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kharsa | Student | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM via web

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Discuss the theme of imbalance of power between Cassius and Brutus in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

I need to write a 5-paragraph essay on this topic.

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM (Answer #1)

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In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar several types of power come into play. Both Cassius and Brutus were, historically, men trained in philosophy, with Cassius being an Epicurean and Brutus a Stoic, and both ideologically opposed to tyranny. Cassius was the leader of the conspiracy by virtue of being the one to organize it, but he always seems to defer to Brutus. Thus while Cassius has the power of leadership with respect to the conspirators, Brutus has a different sort of power, that gained by his being respected to such a degree that his approval and participation is needed for the conspiracy to succeed. In your five paragraph essay, you might focus your introduction on this contrast, and then in your three body paragraphs analyse 3 different passages which show evidence for the reputation of Brutus, and conclude by showing how your evidence supports your initial thesis.


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