How does Cassius persuade Brutus to join the conspiracy in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?

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When discussing a question such as this one, it is important to be aware of the personalities of these two different characters and the ways in which those personalities interact (and ultimately contribute to the shaping of the plot). Cassius is a manipulator, willing to use dishonest means to achieve his ends. Brutus, on the other hand, is honest and honorable and lacks Cassius's ruthlessness. In trusting Cassius, he is left in a state of vulnerability vis-a-vis Cassius's manipulations. For example, we see Cassius forging various letters with the intention of spurring Brutus to action. Therefore, Cassius's own duplicity and manipulation, taking advantage of Brutus's honest nature, plays a critical role in shaping Brutus's entry into the conspiracy. With that being said, I do not think Cassius's manipulations would suffice to encompass the entirety of this answer.

Ultimately, remember that Brutus is depicted as a supporter of the Republic and that he voices concerns about Caesar's...

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