What are two similarities between Cassius and Brutus that motivate them to join the conspiracy against Julius Caesar?

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A first similarity is that both Brutus and Cassius are concerned that Julius Caesar is gaining too much power and might become a tyrant. For example, Brutus worries that the common people will make Caesar king. When he hears a shout on the streets while talking to Cassius, he says,

Another general shout!
I do believe that these applauses are
For some new honors that are heaped on Caesar.
Brutus worries that Caesar is becoming too popular with the masses.
Cassius responds that Caesar is outdoing them all by leaps and bounds, implying he needs to be restrained:
Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
A second similarity is that Cassius and Brutus are both the kind of men who like to take action rather than just complain and talk. They are used to being leaders. Cassius says to Brutus that Caesar doesn't have to become king. He says it is their own fault if they don't take action to stop him:

Men at some time are masters of their fates.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
This is a sentiment which, after some thought, Brutus comes to agree with. The two, of course, turn out to be a poor mix, as Brutus's sense of honor clashes with Cassius's pragmatic ambition.
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In Act I, Scene II we see similarities which draw them together, really at the prompting of Cassius, who is trying to draw Brutus into the conspiracy. 

First and foremost, both are concerned about Caesar being given too much power. The word "King" was literally and figuratively a four-letter word during this time, and both fear that Caesar is about to receive this honor.

"I do fear the people choose Caesar for their King" (Brutus).

It is this quote that Cassius uses to help launch into his conspiracy.

Second, they both can see benefits for Rome with Caesar out of the picture. Brutus is more noble than Cassius, so his motivations are more pure. He does not wish to see a tyrant take power. Neither does Cassius, but Cassius is also personally jealous of Caesar, which is part of his own motivation.

 

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