How does Cassius view Caesar in "Julius Caesar," Act I, scene 3?

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Casca tells Cassius of the odd sights he has seen that night, Cassius interprets them as omens of goodwill for the conspirators against Caesar. He sees them as signs from the heavens of some monstrous event that is to come--but that monstrous event, in his mind, would be Caesar's becoming king. He and his fellow conspirators are meant to set right the great evil that might occur. He says that Caesar considers Rome to be nothing but trash and regards its people with no greater esteem than a predator regards its prey. He is so sure he is right that he has bared his chest to the skies, daring to be struck by lightning. When Casca tells him that the senate plans to offer the crown to Caesar the next day, Cassius says he knows where he will wear his dagger: "Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius."


ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cassius says,

"And why should Caesar be a tyrant then?
Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf,
But that he sees the Romans are but sheep:
He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.
Those that with haste will make a mighty fire
Begin it with weak straws: what trash is Rome,
What rubbish and what offal, when it serves
For the base matter to illuminate
So vile a thing as Caesar! But, O grief,
Where hast thou led me? I perhaps speak this
Before a willing bondman; then I know
My answer must be made. But I am arm'd,
And dangers are to me indifferent.

Cassius can't stand Caesar and calls him "vile."

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