describe the ways that cassius used to persude brutus to join himgive me a few examples

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sagetrieb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cassius also tries to persuade Brutus by telling him that he understands why Brutus has been upset recently, even though Brutus says he doesn't understand this himself.  Cassius says, "since you know you cannot see yourself / So well as by reflection, I your glass, / Will modestly discover to yourself / that of yourself which you yet know not of" (1.2. 66-70).  This strategy shows the weakness of Brutus and how easily he can be influenced by someone else, and this leads to his downfall.  In other words, Cassius puts words into Brutus's mouth, ideas into his head, that Brutus says he didn't earlier have.  Brutus seems to lack either insight or courage to speak his ideas aloud, and Cassius takes advantage of this.

cmcqueeney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cassius tries to point out to Brutus that Caesar is a threat to Rome.  Cassius knows that Brutus's loyalties are to Rome first.  Cassius tells Brutus that he saw Caesar saved from drowning and at another time he saw him sick and crying like a girl.  With these statements, he tries to point to Caesar's weakness.  He also tries to prove Caesar has gotten too much power and, even though he might be ok right now, he will soon become, as Brutus says, a vicious snake that needs his head cut off to stop him.

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