How does Cassius persuade Brutus against Caesar in Julius Caesar?

In Julius Caesar, Cassius persuades Brutus against Caesar by appealing to his sense of honor, painting Caesar as ambitious and hungry for absolute power. Cassius also makes remarks on Caesar's health, implying that he is not physically fit to rule. Finally, Cassius ensures that Brutus will find a series of forged letters, supposedly from citizens, calling for Brutus's aid and intervention.

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Cassius successfully persuades Brutus into joining the conspirators by appealing to his honorable character and portraying Julius Caesar as an ambitious, undeserving politician, who will eventually disband the Senate and rule Rome as a ruthless tyrant. In act 1, scene 2, Cassius recognizes that Brutus is concerned about Caesar's growing popularity and calls attention to his feelings. Cassius then mentions that many Romans wish that Brutus would intervene in government issues and recognize the threat of impending tyranny. Cassius then shifts Brutus's attention to Caesar's flaws and tells a story about the time he saved Caesar from drowning in the Tiber River. He proclaims that Caesar is a flawed mortal like everyone else and recalls a time when Caesar suffered an epileptic seizure. After Cassius focuses on Caesar's obvious flaws, he proceeds to describe Caesar's confident, arrogant personality by telling Brutus,

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus, and we petty men...

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