How does Cassius convince Brutus to join the conspiracy in Julius Caesar?

Cassius persuades his friend Brutus to join the conspiracy in Julius Caesar by suggesting that defeating Caesar is a matter of honor for all who love Rome. Caesar, Cassius points out, has become too powerful, and so even if Brutus loves Caesar, it is incumbent upon him to help get rid of him if he loves Rome more.

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Cassius convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy by appealing to his honorable nature and arguing that Rome should not be ruled by one man. Cassius recognizes that Brutus is an honorable politician, who is primarily concerned with the well-being of the Roman population. Unlike the other selfish senators, Cassius understands that Brutus will be motivated to preserve the Republic and protect the citizens from tyranny.

In act 1, scene 2, Cassius begins to convince Brutus by portraying himself as an honest, trustworthy friend, who is looking out for his best interests. After Brutus admits that he doesn't want Caesar to be king, Cassius comments that he would rather not live than worship a man as ordinary as himself. Cassius then proceeds to highlights Caesar's flaws by telling a story of how he saved him from drowning in the Tiber and recalling Caesar's epileptic fits. Cassius goes on to question why Caesar should be viewed as a Colossus while "petty men" walk under his legs. He then tells...

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