Paraphrase Cassius and Brutus’ discussion on reflection and give your opinion on the importance of reflection.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Act 1.2 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Cassius wonders why Brutus has not seemed so friendly lately, and Brutus replies that he has been thinking of personal matters.  Brutus says his friends should not take it personally, he has been "at war with himself." 

Cassius responds that he, too, has been keeping something to himself.  (What Cassius is keeping to himself, of course, is an intention to assassinate Caesar.)

The conversation then turns to the question of Caesar, and the way he is currently (in the play) being hailed as a god and being given honors. 

The conversation doesn't really come back to reflection again until just before their conversation ends.  Brutus says:

What you would work me to, I have some aim.

How I have thought of this, and these times,

I shall recount hereafter.  For this present,

I would not so (with love I might entreat you) 

Be any further moved.  What you have said

I will consider:  what you have to say

I wil with patience hear,...

So Brutus was reflecting at the beginning of the scene and promises to reflect more at the end of the scene. 

There's a bit of paraphrase for you.  I'll leave "your opinion" to you.

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