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In Julius Caesar, what argument do Brutus and Cassius make regarding whether they...

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brittanydamare | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2009 at 2:31 AM via web

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In Julius Caesar, what argument do Brutus and Cassius make regarding whether they should march to Phillipi to fight their enemies?

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amethystrose | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 2, 2009 at 4:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Brutus believes that the men should march to Philippi to meet Antony and Octavius' army, but Cassius believes that it would be better for the enemy to come to them.  For the moment, Brutus' and Cassius' army is camped upon a hill, and the enemy would have to not only march, but climb uphill to fight them.  This would give their (Brutus and Cassius) army time to rest before the battle.  Brutus thinks that they need to strike while the iron is hot and that it's better to march out into the open plains of Philippi and face the enemy immediately.  Brutus wins the argument, in spite of Cassius' complaints, and they march to Philippi where they meet their end.

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