In Julius Caesar, which of the two conspirators appears to have a better understanding of human nature: Brutus or Cassius?

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This is a subjective question and one open to speculation. However, assuming that both men were truly seeking a clean coup and transfer of power, we can make some assumptions. While it certainly seems to be a sad commentary, Cassius likely possesses a keener insight into the nature of human behavior. This is not by any means because Brutus is a less powerful observer or thinker, but simply because Brutus, as a noble and honorable Roman, lacks the fatalistic cynicism of his co-conspirator. Tragically, moralistic Brutus is so highly enraptured in his internal narrative of the fate of Rome as a state and Caesar as a totalitarian, that he cannot fathom the lesser, more selfish reasons that someone might seek to commit a violent political coup.

Cassius possesses no such illusions and is, in fact, himself driven by reasons of jealousy and spite. Through his powers of manipulation and persuasion, we can see that Cassius certainly has a mind for what makes his fellow conspirators "tick," and...

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