In Julius Caesar, what makes Brutus vulnerable?

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To a large extent, Brutus's strengths are also his weaknesses. For one thing, he's too noble for his own good. Friends and enemies alike know how virtuous he is, how utterly dedicated he is to the Roman republic. Most of the conspirators involved in Caesar's assassination are motivated by self-interest, but Brutus has principled reasons for his participation. Unfortunately, this makes him too trusting, too ready to believe in the purity of others' motivations. Cassius is only too willing to play upon this and persuade Brutus to join the conspiracy.

Brutus is also vulnerable due to his philosophical ideas. He sees himself as the instrument of fate. Again, Cassius ruthlessly exploits this aspect of Brutus's personality, convincing him that all the best people of Rome are positively crying out for him to take over. The time is now. This fits in perfectly with Brutus's elevated self-image. As with many virtuous people, he has an exaggerated sense of his own self-worth that blinds him to...

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