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What are quotes from Julius Caesar to show that Cassius uses manipulative methods to convince Brutus to join the conspiracy?

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In act 2, scene 1, Cassius attempts to manipulate Brutus into becoming a co-conspirator in the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar. Cassius is aware that Brutus's participation is integral to the success of the Senators' plan because Brutus is held in high regard by the Roman citizens. Cassius initially appeals to Brutus's sense of honor and pride by telling him,

"I cannot tell what you and other men Think of this life, but, for my single self, I had as lief not be as live to be In awe of such a thing as I myself." (Shakespeare, 1.2.95-98)

Cassius proceeds to illustrate how Caesar has become revered as a god. By illustrating Caesar's exalted status, Cassius hopes to provide evidence of his ambitious nature, which will encourage Brutus to join their cause. Cassius tells Brutus,

"Is now become a god, and Cassius is A wretched creature and must bend his body If Caesar carelessly but nod on him."  (1.2.118-120)

Cassius then brings up Brutus's honorable ancestor and encourages him to take action...

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