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In Julius Caesar, What metaphors are used by Cassius between lines 103 - 105 in Scene 1 act 3?

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rnewall | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 21, 2013 at 1:59 PM (Answer #1)

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In lines 103-5 Cassius says,

 

                ' I know he (Caesar) would not be a wolf

  But that he sees the Romans are but sheep:

  He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.'

The metaphors compare Caesar first to a wolf and then to a lion, the Roman people first to sheep and then to hinds (deer). The sense of both sets of metaphors is the same: Caesar acts like a tyrant only because he sees that his people are weak and allow him to do so. Cassius uses metaphor as part of his rhetoric to convince Casca to join the conspirators.

 

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