What are ten adjectives that describe Caesar in Julius Caesar?

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Perhaps the best adjective to describe Julius Caesar would be strong-willed, or determined. He was notable for getting whatever it was he wanted to get and doing whatever he wanted to do. Crossing the Rubicon River to take his army to Rome was a famous example. The many years he spent conquering Gaul were perhaps his greatest achievement. He would have spent even longer if necessary. This characteristic was what made men admire and fear him.

Caesar was also exceptionally intelligent, resourceful, courageous, bold, self-confident, proud, ambitious, and cunning. He seemed to have a genius for dealing with men, not only with his soldiers who idolized him, but with the general populace and with upper-class Romans. Perhaps the best adjective to describe this character trait would be charismatic. One of the synonyms offered on the internet for "charismatic" is "larger than life." It is interesting that Cassius says of Caesar:

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.      

(Act 1, Scene 2)

Caesar was also sickly, but he fought against his infirmities all his life. He was afflicted with epilepsy, among other things. 

Caesar concealed many aspects of his true self from everyone. When he thinks he is about to be crowned king in Act III, Scene 1, he seems to forget his customary taciturnity and pretended modesty and to reveal amazing arrogance and a sense of almost godlike superiority to other human beings.

I could be well moved, if I were as you;
If I could pray to move, prayers would move me;
But I am constant as the northern star,
Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament.

Plutarch states that Caesar was responsible for the deaths of some two million people in his lifetime. So another adjective that should be added is ruthless.

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Give ten adjectives to describe the character of Cassius in Julius Caesar.

Cassius is exceedingly clever. Caesar says he can see right through men. He is also very dangerous, according to Caesar, who judges him correctly as it turns out.

Cassius is miserly. He loves money and hates to part with it.

He is articulate, persuasive, manipulative. He manages to persuade Brutus to take part in the plot to assassinate Caesar, which is probably something no one else could have done.

Cassius is courageous. He is exceedingly proud. He is emotional, in contrast to his friend and partner Brutus, who is philosophical.










Selfish - Throughout the play he makes it clear that he is looking out for himself first and foremost.

Extroverted - in contrast to Brutus, who is introverted.

Hot-tempered - also in contrast to Brutus.

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Give ten adjectives to describe the character of Cassius in Julius Caesar.

In "Juilius Caesar," Caesar himself describes Cassius as "lean and hungry," a man who thinks too much and is "dangerous" (I, ii, 193-195).

Cassius is these things and more.  He is envious of Caesar, speaking of him as a Colossus.  Cassius is manipulative of Brutus, telling him

I have not from your eyes that gentleness/And show of love as I was wont to have (I,ii,32-33)

In his manipulations, he is fauning before Brutus, flattering him in order to further sway him to think as he does. Cassius, then, is suggestive, telling Brutus that they groan "underneath this age's yoke" (I,ii,61). He is seductive in his language to Brutus, telling him

I, your glass/Will modestly discover to yourself/That of yourself which you yet know not of. (I,ii,68-70)

Certainly, Cassius is deceptive and dishonorable because he deceives Brutus by playing to Brutus's own sense of honor:

I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,/As well as I do know your outward favor./Well, honor is the subject of my story...(I,ii,90-93)

In truth, honor is not the subject of his story.  He leads Brutus to believe that he has the same noble principles as Brutus when it is power that Cassius desires, not the good of Rome, as Brutus wants.

Clearly, Cassius is shrewd as he knows how to sway his brother-in-law, Brutus.  Later in the play, Cassius is quarrelsome with Brutus, but does he defer to Brutus, who is well-respected, thus again showing shredness.

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