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mcclanahan | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 4, 2011 at 11:48 AM via web

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In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, when Cassius says, "Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius," what is he talking about? Select an answer.

Multiple Choice question: these are the answers—

a. committing suicide

b. raising an army against Ceasar

c. revealing secerts

d. organizing political opposition

 

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM (Answer #1)

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In Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, Cassius is one of the conspirators who murders Julius Caesar. Cassius does so because he once saved Caesar's life, but felt he was never rewarded for doing so, treated no better than any other man in the Roman empire. He becomes jealous and vengeful, and gathers other unhappy compatriots in a plan to end Caesar's life.

When Cassius first states that "Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius," he is responding to news that Caesar will be crowned king of Rome the following day. Cassius' response sounds like he wants to commit suicide. In fact, the eNotes summary of this scene states that Cassius is, in fact, admitting that he would rather kill himself than watch Caesar become king.

Of all the answers provided, this is the one I would choose. However, in reading the quote in the context of the rest of Cassius' dialogue in Act One, scene three, we find that he does, in fact, have hopes that he will not need to take his life: he has associates who will join him in a plot to kill Caesar before he can be crowned. Later in the scene, your answer might be different, but at this particular point in time, Cassius states that suicide would be preferable to seeing Caesar crowned king.


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