How does Cassius use literary techniques to manipulate Brutus in Act 1, Scene 2?
Three important things happen in Act I, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Caesar is warned to "Beware the Ides of March." Antony offers a crown to Caesar three times. Cassius begins to plant the seed of rebellion in Brutus. He does this by using five different literary techniques. First he uses a metaphor. Brutus admits he is at "war" with himself, so Cassius suggests that Brutus use him as a mirror. Cassius says,
And 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.
Caesar cried “Help me, Cassius, or I sink!”
I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor,
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder
The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber
Did I the tired Caesar.
Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
When could they say, till now, that talked of Rome,
That her wide walks encompassed but one man?