Compare and contrast the characters of Brutus and Cassius in Julius Caesar.

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Both Brutus and Cassius are respected career politicians, who have a desire to prevent Julius Caesar from ruling Rome as a monarch. They both view Caesar as potentially dangerous and conspire to assassinate him. Both Brutus and Cassius participate in Caesar's murder and join forces to fight against Octavius, Mark Antony, and Lepidus during Rome's civil war.

But despite their many similarities, Brutus and Cassius have different personalities and abilities. Brutus is a rather naive individual and is easily manipulated by Cassius into joining the conspirators. In contrast, Cassius is a shrewd politician, who is cunning and influential. Cassius is also a selfish person, who conspires against Caesar for personal gain. After murdering Caesar, Brutus discovers that Cassius has been accepting bribes and selling political offices. Unlike Cassius, Brutus is an honorable man with integrity. Brutus makes the difficult decision to join the conspirators because he genuinely believes that Caesar is a threat to the Roman Republic. Brutus fears Caesar's ambitious nature and does not want the Roman citizens to be ruled by a tyrant. In Act Five, Scene 5, Antony refers to Brutus as the "noblest Roman of them all."

reidalot eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Enotes has many excellent sources for your question, so also look there, but I will give you a brief answer! Brutus is one of the main conspirators, yet he assists in the assassination of Caesar out of a sense of honor and for the good of Rome, truly believing Rome is better off without Julius Caesar. On the other hand, Cassius, also a main conspirator, is ambitious, and even Brutus accuses him of having an "itching palm," being greedy. He is shrewder than Brutus. Brutus believes in the goodness of people and trusts Mark Antony even after Cassius warns him of Antony's character. Both men end up committing suicide. Brutus's misplaced trust is a main cause for the failure of the conspiracy!

vaishurk | Student

Marcus Brutus -

� A supporter of the Republic who believes strongly in a government guided by the votes of senators.

� While Brutus loves Caesar as a friend, he opposes the ascension of any single man to the position of dictator

� He fears that Caesar aspires to such power.

� Brutus’s inflexible sense of honour makes it easy for Caesar’s enemies to manipulate him into believing that Caesar must die in order to preserve the republic.

� While the other conspirators act out of envy and rivalry, only Brutus truly believes that Caesar’s death will benefit Rome .

� Torn between his loyalty to Caesar and his allegiance to the state, Brutus becomes the tragic hero of the play.

� Brutus emerges as the most complex character in Julius Caesar and is also the play’s tragic hero.

� He is a powerful public figure, but he appears also as a dignified military leader, and a loving friend.

� In a moment of na�ve idealism, he ignores Cassius’s advice and allows Antony to speak a funeral oration over Caesar’s body 


Cassius -


� A talented general and long-time acquaintance of Caesar


� Dislikes the fact that Caesar has become godlike in the eyes of the Romans.


� He slyly leads Brutus to believe that Caesar has become too powerful and must die, finally converting Brutus to his cause by sending him forged letters claiming that the Roman people support the death of Caesar.


� Impulsive and unscrupulous-- shrewd opportunist-- proves successful but lacks integrity.


rahulkumar | Student

brutus was the good friend of caesar but cassius and other conspirater influnce him agains caesar.but brutus wanted the welfare of,come into the voice of cassius.

gingerfish | Student

The treachery of Cassius and his betrayal make him the plays worst character...while Brutus has acted in the benefit of the people..(he thinks he is doing so)..cassius has acted in his own...hunm tell u the rest later..

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