Caesar was not killed because of the man he was, but for the man he might have become (?)   I need 2 main ideas, 2 details, and a conclusion

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In answering this question, the reader looks to what is known as the "seduction scene" of Act I, Scene 2, of Julius Caesar in which Cassius seeks to persuade Brutus to join the conspirators in their assassination attempt on Julius Caesar.  Wishing to solicit Brutus into the conspiracy because of his honorable reputation, Cassius suggests Caesar's tyranny by suggesting that Caesar has "now become a god"(1.2.116):

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 ourselves dishonorable graves (1.2.141-144)

Not only is Caesar too powerful, contends Cassius, but he is also unfit to rule.  Cassius relates a time when he and Caesar swam in the Tiber River and Cassius had to save Caesar from drowning.  Also, he fell sick in Spain, and fell down from an epileptic seizure.  Casca says that Caesar "fell down in the marketplace and foamed at mouth and was speechless: (1.2.256-257)

Also, Cassius has Casca describe how Caesar was off a crown, but he refused it.  However, as he "put it by," Casca says,

...he would fain have had it....he put it by again; but to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it....He put it the third time by; and still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted... (1.2. 244-248)

Later, to convince Brutus, Cassius forges letters from senators and says,

.....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 holds of his name, wherein obscurely

Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at. (1.2.318-322) 

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