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

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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...

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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 rome.so,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..