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Cassius and Casca's reactions to the great storm in Act I, sc 3, are very different. Casca is frightened by it and interprets it as the anger of the gods, but Cassius scorns him for being scared. Cassius appears almost exhilarated by the storm and puts another intepretation on it, declaring that it's a warning that Caesar is growing too powerful and that other Romans must act against him. Cassius's real determination to get rid of Caesar is much in evidence here. He also gets Casca on his side and the two plan to recruit Brutus as well. This is where the conspiracy against Caesar, the defining event of the play, really begins to take shape, against the ominous background of the storm.
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