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

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In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Cassius believes that Caesar does not deserve the glory that he receives from the Roman citizens. As the leader of the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar, Cassius tries to draw Brutus into the plot.   Brutus would bring several important aspects to the conspiracy—he is popular with the people and the other senators; his father was a well-respected senator as well; and most importantly, Brutus is a stoic, sensitive man who does not do anything without much contemplation.

On the day of the feast of the Lupercal, Caesar walks among the people, receiving the glory from recent triumphs in battle.  He lusts for power and has recently indicated his desire to be the emperor of Rome.  There are many factions that do not want this kind of ruler.

Cassius encounters Brutus outside of the arena where the celebration is happening.  Brutus appears troubled which seems the perfect time for Cassius to lay his plan before Brutus. He tells Brutus that he has been...

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