In Julius Caesar Act 1, Scene 2, what does Caesar's main opponent dislike about him?

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In Act 1, Scene 2 of Julius Caesar, Caesar's main opponent is Cassius. Cassius dislikes Caesar for many reasons. One reason Cassius dislikes Caesar is because Caesar has become like a god. Cassius is disgusted with Caesar because Cassius has to bow down to Caesar as if he were really a god:

And now this man
Has become a god, and Cassius is
A wretched creature, and must bow,
Even if Caesar only nods at him carelessly.

Truly, Cassius feels that Caesar thinks he is better than others. Cassius does not approve of Caesar's pompous attitude. Also, Cassius does not respect Caesar for Caesar feels he is superior. Cassius realizes that Caesar is just an ordinary human being. In fact, Cassius ridicules Caesar for being wimpish like a girl. Cassius refers to Caesar's falling sickness which causes him to faint or swoon. He accuses Caesar of acting like a girl. He cannot understand how Caesar could be so admired when Caesar is of such feeble temper:

And, when the fit was on him, I noticed
How he shook. It’s true, this god shook!
He lost all the color in his coward lips;
And that same eye that the world owes a bow to
Lost its shine. I heard him groan.
Yes, and that tongue of his that asked the Romans
To notice him and write his speeches in their books,
Cried, "Give me some drink, Titinius,"
Just as a sick girl does.—You gods, it amazes me that
A man of such a feeble temper should
Instantly get the majestic world,
And wear the glory alone.

Cassius feels that it is wrong for Caesar to get all the glory, especially since Caesar is rather sickly. He feels Caesar should share his power. Cassius does not feel Caesar is worthy of all the honor he gets from the people. Cassius is fed up with the fact that Caesar stands like a Colossus god while Cassius and the other leaders tip toe around and bow down to Caesar as if he were a giant god: 

Why, man, he stands on top of the narrow world
Like the Colossus of Rhodes, and we little men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves disgraceful graves.

No doubt, Cassius does not respect Caesar. In fact, Cassius is disgusted with Caesar and is planning a conspiracy against Caesar. 

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