In "Julius Caesar", why do the conspirators want Brutus on their side?How does Cassius plan to win him over? How do these things reflect on the "rightness" of the conspirator's...

In "Julius Caesar", why do the conspirators want Brutus on their side?

How does Cassius plan to win him over? How do these things reflect on the "rightness" of the conspirator's cause?

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The conspirators recognize the need of having Brutus on their side because he is considered to be honorable and noble, as well as loved by the people of Rome.  With Brutus on their "team", they don't think they'll be found guilty; without him, their chances of killing Caesar without consequence is minimal. 

Cassius' plan is to appeal to Brutus' sense of honor to country.  He does this by planting several notes written in different handwriting in places where Brutus is sure to find them.  These notes are found and read during Brutus' sleepless night when the storm is raging outside.  The storm represents Brutus' inner turmoil and the difficulty of his decision to join or not to join.  Brutus, of course, is the only conspirator the reader understands as having joined the conspirators' cause for the "right" reasons.  He does so out of love for his country, to protect the people from Caesar's ambition to be King/Emperor or some other all-encompassing title.  The others want Caesar gone for lesser reasons--greed, jealousy, personal dislike.

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