In Act 4 Scene 3 why is Brutus angry that Cassius has accepted bribes ?Also whats the irony involved with Brutus accusation of Cassius accepting the bribe

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Brutus is an honorable man.  Even Antony acknowledges this after Brutus is dead and his side has won the civil war.  Brutus is naturally upset when he hears that Cassius is accepting bribes.

Underlying the scene is the fact that Brutus leads the conspirators in their assassination for the sake of Rome, not for personal gain.  Brutus needs to believe that he acted correctly and honorably.  When he hears that Cassius is using his new power for personal gain, he sees this, we assume, as an indication that Cassius may not have assassinated Caesar due to such honorable motives.

The scene is ironic in that Brutus makes his fateful decision to slay Caesar, because he feels that all of the conspirators are as honorable as he is.  And this is not the case.  His gullibility and poor decision making lead to his tragic downfall.  It is ironic that Brutus judges Cassius as wanting to save Rome from Caesar as Brutus does, but in reality Cassius acted out of envy and out of the hope for personal gain.

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