In Julius Caesar, explain how Brutus and Cassius act as character foils in their responses to Antony in Act 3, Scene 1.

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Brutus is always portrayed as noble and magnanimous. Cassius is always portrayed as cunning and selfish. Early in the play, after feeling he has nearly persuaded Brutus to act as the leader of the conspiracy against Caesar, Cassius has a revealing soliloquy.

Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet, I see,
Thy honourable metal may be wrought
From that it is disposed: therefore it is meet
That noble minds keep ever with their likes;
For who so firm that cannot be seduced?
Caesar doth bear me hard; but he loves Brutus:
If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius,
He should not humour me.      (I.2)

People tend to judge others by themselves. When Antony comes to the conspirators after the assassination of Caesar, Brutus treats him with trust and kindness, because he assumes, incorrectly, that Antony is honest and trustworthy. Cassius, on the other hand, judges Antony by himself and assumes he is comparably cunning and treacherous. Cassius wants to have him killed along with Caesar, but Brutus, with...

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