In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, what opinion of Caesar does Cassius express in Act I, Scene 2? Does Brutus agree with him?

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cassius holds Caesar in complete contempt. He tells Brutus stories to show how inferior Caesar is, both as a man and as the ruler of Rome.

In the first story, Caesar dared Cassius to join him in swimming the Tiber River on a cold and windy day. Before reaching shore, Caesar cried out, "Help me, Cassius, or I sink!" Cassius then saved him from drowning. In Cassius's second story, he tells of a time when Caesar fell ill and weakly called out for water "[a]s a sick girl."

Cassius insists that Caesar has no special talent or courage to rule Rome. Bitter and angry, Cassius views Caesar as weak and undeserving. He cannot understand how Caesar has gained such power.

Brutus does not interrupt Cassius or contradict anything he says about Caesar. However, he also does not agree with him. Brutus says only that he will think about what Cassius has said, will listen to anything he might have to say later, and will meet with him in the future to discuss matters further.

laurto | Student

Caesar has very strong feeling of dislike for Caesar. He feels that they shouldn't be led by a man like Caesar because he is no better than them. He feels like they have no reason to be his subjects. Cassius implies that Caesar is far too weak to be in charge of Rome. He tells a story of when he had to save him from drowning because Caesar grew too tired and another about how Caesar had a seizure and whimpered. 

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