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What motivates the conspirators to assassinate Caesar?
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Shakespeare deliberately emphasized that the motivations of conspirators are highly variable. Most of the minor members of the cabal are moved by personal grudges. Cassius, by contrast, takes part in the conspiracy against Caesar owing chiefly to his envy of the lofty and undeserved stature accorded to Caesar as a demigod. Brutus, however, has no personal grudge against Caesar, nor does Brutus resent Caesar's stature in the eyes of the people. His principal concern is that Caesar will transform Rome from a quasi-Republic into a dictatorship. Although Julius Caesar is stymied in this regard, Roman history bore out Brutus's analysis.
Posted by enotes on September 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM (Answer #1)
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