What are the internal conflicts faced by Cassius and Brutus in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare?

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The play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is based on actual events which took place in 44 B.C. Both Cassius and Brutus were actual historical figures that took part in the assassination of Caesar. 

Cassius initiated the conspiracy to murder Caesar.  His reasons for the assassination are personal.  In his discussion with Brutus in Act I, Scene ii,  Cassius lists his reasons for desiring the Caesar's death:

  • Cassius will not live under the rule of  Caesar.
  • He believes that he is an equal to Caesar.
  • Cassius saved Caesar's life when he was drowning
  • He believes that Caesar is weak, tired, and old.
  • He watches Caesar have an epileptic fit.
  • When he was ill, Caesar begged for water like a woman.

Cassius further explains that Caesar has become too arrogant and thinks that he is better than everyone else.

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow...

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