In Julius Caesar, what are the similarities between Cassius and Brutus?

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The most obvious similarity between the two is the eloquence with which both express their points of view. It's an interesting observation to be made because various critics of Shakespeare—most famously Leo Tolstoy—have viewed it a dramatic flaw that "all of his characters speak the same way, in the same kind of language." On the surface there is a grain of truth in this. Even the evil characters in Shakespeare, such as Iago, speak with a kind of loftiness and gravity that befit figures with whom a playwright would intend us to sympathize. But in my opinion this is not a defect, since we value Shakespeare as much for his poetry as for his dramatic sensibility. Cassius, unlike Iago, is not evil. But when Caesar observes his "lean and hungry look," it's an indication of Cassius's naked ambition. Unlike Brutus, Cassius hates Caesar primarily out of envy. But apart from their equally eloquent speech, I would suggest that the main similarities between Brutus and Cassius are the...

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