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At the end of scene2 of Act I, in lines 312-326, what plans does Cassius make?Julius...

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At the end of scene2 of Act I, in lines 312-326, what plans does Cassius make?

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 31, 2010 at 1:02 AM (Answer #2)

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In Act I, Scene 2 of Julius Caesar, a scene known as the "seduction scene," Cassius appeals to his and Brutus's friendship; then, along with Casca, he recounts the events and actions of Caesar that depict the ruler as ambitious and power hungry, claiming that "honor is the subject of my story" (1.2.92).  Repeating the word noble in his manipulation of Brutus, Cassius appeals to the honorable nature of Brutus in hopes that the patriotic Roman will feel compelled to do the noble deed necessary to save Rome from a tyrant.

At the end of this scene, Cassius devises a plan to convince Brutus to act against Caesar since Caesar trusts him and is suspicious of Cassius who is too "lean and hungry."  Cassius will forge letters to Brutus and throw them "at his windows" as if they have come from various Roman citizens.  They will describe obscurely the ambition of Caesar that threatens Rome and, thus, incite Brutus to act on the assassination plot that Cassius, Casca, and others have devised.

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