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Posted November 30, 2012 at 4:27 AM via web

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In the play Julius Caesar, what is a symbol that I may use to describe Casca's character? 

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:15 AM (Answer #1)

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In the play Julius Caesar, Casca is a symbol of intelligent reasoning. He recognizes the false humbleness that Caesar presents to the public when Antony offers Caesar the crown. Casca is very intelligent. He realizes that Caesar is ambitious, even though Caesar is deceiving the people into thinking otherwise:

[Casca] ridicules the mob and Caesar alike and reports on the silencing of the tribunes.

Casca also realizes how important it is to have Brutus as a conspirator. Casca knows the people respect and admire Brutus. Having Brutus as one of the conspirators will strengthen the conspiracy against Caesar. The public will support the conspirators because Brutus is an honorable man. Casca states how important it is to have Brutus on the conspirators' side. He recognizes the honorable qualities the Brutus possesses:

O, he sits high in all the people's hearts!
And his face, like the best method of changing
Water to gold, will change whatever seems
To be offensive in us,
To goodness and to worthiness.

No doubt, Casca is a symbol of intelligent reasoning. He is a determined conspirator and is given the task of stabbing Caesar first. He follows through with his assignment and stabs Caesar first. He is a symbol of freedom and liberty. Being the first to stab Caesar is significant in that Casca has to be the bravest of all the conspirators. He is a man of action. He is a symbol of bravery. Before he stabs Caesar, Casca states that his hands will do his speaking:

Speak, hands, for me!

Truly, Casca is a symbol of action versus talking. He has an assignment which is to stab Caesar first. Casca gets the job done. He is a symbol of action and bravery and intelligent reasoning. 

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