In Julius Caesar, what are the perspectives of Brutus, Antony, and Cassius in regard to Caesar?

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These three characters have very different views of Caesar. Brutus holds no personal grudge against Caesar, and has, in fact, considered him to be a friend, but he has come to see Caesar as a real threat to freedom in Rome. Brutus fears that Caesar's growing power will enslave the people and destroy the principles of Roman government. Brutus feels more loyalty to Rome than he feels toward Caesar. He joins the conspiracy to murder Caesar because he feels it is his duty, just as his ancestor once freed Rome from tyranny.

Cassius, however, views Caesar with a very strong personal hatred. Cassius is jealous of Caesar's power and resents bitterly that Caesar's power has grown so great that Cassius must now assume a subservient position to him in Rome. Cassius hates that although he and Caesar were once equals, Caesar has now grown immensely powerful. Cassius holds Caesar in contempt as a man. He tells Brutus stories that show Cassius as being stronger and braver than Caesar.

Antony's view of Caesar is far different from either Brutus' or Cassius' perspectives. In the beginning of the drama, Antony aligns himself with Caesar. He is the ruler's trusted friend and companion. After Caesar's assassination, Antony recalls Caesar's greatness and grieves his death, vowing to revenge his murder by bringing a most terrible and bloody war upon the conspirators.

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