In Act 4 Scene 3 of Julius Caesar, how is the conflict resolved after Brutus and Cassius quarrel, and what becomes of their relationship?

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Brutus and Cassius quarrel. Brutus accuses Cassius of having an itching palm which means he has taken some bribe in place of homage to power. Cassius is heartbroken to think that his dear friend Brutus is angry with him.

During the quarrel, the truth of Brutus' bad temperament is revealed. His precious Portia is dead. She has swallowed hot coals and killed herself.

Brutus has lost the most precious gift in his life. He has lost his beloved wife. He has no will to go on. He might as well be dead along with Portia. Through his grief, Cassius' faults are magnified. After much discourse, quarreling, Brutus admits his reason for being so indignant.

Cassius realizes that Brutus is commenting out of anger, hurt, and bereavement at losing his wife.

Brutus decides to put his anger aside and offers Cassius wine. The two share wine and a handshake. In the face of death, the two breach their divisions.

Cassius and Brutus have argued out of fear and grief. They reunite due to the fact that they are in this situation due to honorable qualities. They both desire that Rome 's countrymen be free from slavery.

Caesar had to die. Now Brutus and Cassius face death for protecting Rome from Caesar's ambition.

Brutus could resent Cassius for persuading him to take action against Caesar.

Was Caesar's death in vain? Will Brutus and Cassius lose the war? In death, Brutus and Cassius have reunited.

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In Act Four, Scene 3, Brutus accuses Cassius of selling positions and accepting bribes. Brutus is also hurt that Cassius did not give him money to pay his soldiers. Brutus criticizes Cassius for raising money through unethical means and is ashamed that his friend has become corrupt. Cassius initially threatens to physically harm Brutus, but is so overcome with emotion that he offers his dagger to Brutus and begs Brutus to kill him. Brutus then tells Cassius to put his dagger away and explains that he was merely speaking out of frustration. Cassius then apologizes for his actions and asks Brutus to be patient with him when he is emotional. Overall, the two men exchange heated words during their argument as tempers flare. Through a display of love and shame, Cassius begs Brutus to take his life, which results in Brutus forgiving him. The two men repair their relationship and go on to challenge Octavius and Mark Antony together. Their love for each other is evident as they promise never to fight again.

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