In Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3, what is the tone of the plot development, and how does the argument advance the plot?Julius Caesar Act 4 scene 3 when Brutus and Cassius are fighting

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Remember that tone is the author's attitude toward his subject; so Shakespeare includes this argument between Brutus and Cassius to demonstrate a petty, biting tone.

The argument serves several purposes.  First, Shakespeare regularly promotes the theme of chaos breaking out when those in power are deposed.  Julius Caesar is no different.  Ever since Act 3, when the conspirators assassinate Caesar, Rome has been chaotic--full of political corruption, murders, and riots.  Brutus and Cassius's argument also demonstrates this chaos.  They no longer have a common goal, and cannot bring order back to their own plot to rule Rome.

The argument also foreshadows the events of Act 5.  Because Brutus and Cassius both are guilty of miscommunication in Act 4, the audience is not surprised in Act 5 when miscommunication ultimately leads to Cassius's death.

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