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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?

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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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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM (Answer #3)

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At this point, Cassius appears very devious, playing the role of the scheming villain to perfection as he plots to sway Brutus to join his side against Caesar once and for all. He knows Brutus is wavering but still will not be easy to persuade.

Cassius has already stated his own arguments as to why Caesar should be eliminated, but he knows that Brutus is more likely to be persuaded by an appeal from the people of Rome. Brutus is a political idealist, always thinking about the greater good of Rome as a republic, where no one man should be allowed  too much power, as Caesar appears to have.

Therefore Cassius decides to forge letters as though they came from the people of Rome and throw them in at Brutus's window. These letters will not only speak of the possible dangers that Caesar's ambition poses to the state, but will also flatter Brutus. Cassius is pretty sure that Brutus won't be able to resist this and he is proved right.

Brutus, unlike Cassius, has a noble reputation, but he is also somewhat gullible, and so he is quite easily tricked into believing that the ordinary people of Rome are directly appealing to him through these letters to save the state from Caesar. It is after reading these letters that he finally decides to join the conspiracy. The wily Cassius gets his way.

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