How does the character of Cassius change during Julius Caesar?

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At the beginning of the play, Cassius is portrayed as a confident, shrewd politician, who is determined to murder Julius Caesar and masterminds his assassination by convincing Brutus to join the conspirators. Cassius is a motivated, ambitious man, who carefully plans and executes the monumental assassination. In addition to devising Caesar's murder, convincing Brutus to join the other disgruntled senators, and assuming a leadership role, Cassius also states his belief that men are in control of their own destiny and fate is not determined by the gods. Cassius's motivation for assassinating Caesar also appears to be a selfless act, which will prevent the populace from suffering under the rule of an ambitious tyrant.

After Cassius successfully convinces Brutus to join the conspirators and participate in the assassination, he takes a backseat and allows Brutus to make important decisions, which significantly affect the outcome of the play. Cassius allows Brutus to protect Antony and does not...

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