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Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:16 PM via web

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What are quotes from Julius Caesar to show that Cassius uses manipulative methods to convince Brutus to join the conspiracy?

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hilahmarca | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted July 23, 2011 at 3:33 PM (Answer #1)

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Act I, Scene II: "Caesar doth bear me hard, but he loves Brutus. If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius, he should not humor me.  I will this night, in several hands, in at his windows throw, As if they came from several citizens, writings all tending to the great opinion that Rome hold of his name, wherein obscurely Caesar's ambiion shall be glanced at" (lines 308-315).

Since Cassius knows his own words aren't enough to convince Brutus to join the conspirators, he has decided to write fake letters and forge other citizens' names to them to urge Brutus further.

Act I, Scene II:  "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find outselves dishonorable graves.  Men at some point are masters of their fates.  The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings."

Cassius is making Brutus seem like they are Caesar's slaves when the reality is they are two well respected and wealthy Sentors in Rome.

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