Who is Cassius most loyal to in Julius Caesar?

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Even though Cassius's greatest loyalty is unquestionably to himself, he does extend loyalty to other characters during the course of the play.

At a time prior to the events of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Cassius was one of Caesar's generals and a loyal friend. As Caesar's power grew to near-dictatorial levels, however, Cassius developed an intense jealousy and hatred of Caesar, which was manifested in Cassius's all-consuming desire to have Caesar assassinated.

At first, Cassius sees Antony as a worthy successor to Caesar and shifts his loyalty to him. Cassius convinces Brutus to betray Caesar and put Antony in power in his place. In time, however, Cassius decides that Antony is no better than Caesar and that Antony should also be assassinated.

As the play progresses, Cassius becomes increasingly loyal to Brutus at first because Cassius believes that Brutus is the best person to help put him in a position to lead Rome and then out of respect and love.

After Caesar's assassination, and despite their personal and political differences, Cassius remains loyal to Brutus through the rest of the play, to the time of his own death in battle.

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One could argue that Cassius is most loyal to himself in Shakespeare's classic play Julius Caesar. He is the leader of the conspirators who plot and execute Caesar's assassination. Cassius is depicted as a shrewd politician, who is completely selfish and conniving. Unlike Brutus, who agrees to join the conspirators in order to protect the Roman populace from Caesar's potential tyranny, Cassius views Caesar's death as a way to advance his social status and increase his political authority. Once Julius Caesar is dead, Cassius immediately begins selling political offices and taking bribes, which leads to a heated argument with Brutus before the Battle of Philippi.

One could also argue that Cassius is most loyal to Brutus. Cassius chooses to align himself with Brutus and demonstrates his love for Brutus following their heated argument. Despite being selfish and conniving, Cassius listens to Brutus's advice, even when he is wrong, and does not abandon him during the final battle.

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Who was Casca loyal to in Julius Caesar?

Casca is loyal to Brutus, Cassius and the other conspirators.

Casca is one of the conspirators from the beginning.  He is clearly no friend of Caesar.  He is the one who stabs Caesar first, at Brutus’s order.

Casca is very sarcastic in his references to Caesar.  He tells Brutus and Cassius about the incident at the Feast of Lupercal when Caesar had his fit.  Antony offered Caesar a crown three times, and he refused.  Casca is irritated with the showmanship, and how easily the people fell for it.

Marry, before he fell down, when he perceived the
common herd was glad he refused the crown, he
plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his
throat to cut. (Act 1, Scene 2)

Casca hates Caesar so much he is willing to kill himself rather than be under his rule.  He gladly takes part in the conspiracy to kill Caesar, stabbing him in the throat.  In fact, Casca was a bit of a thug.  Even though he was the first to stab, historians believe his was the fatal blow.  The others stabbed Caesar while he was bleeding out.

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Casca, you are the first that rears your hand. (Act 3, Scene 1)

Antony is well aware that Casca was the first person to strike Caesar.  He tells Cassius as much during the parley.  In doing so, Casca was one of the ones who was mostly ruthlessly hunted down by Antony’s mob.  He was considered Caesar’s murderer, even though there were many that followed him.

Casca was a true believer.  He hated Caesar, and was clearly more of a follower than a leader.  He did what he was told, when he was told.  He was a superstitious man and worried when he saw signs that might be interpreted as bad omens, yet he stayed true to his course.  Known as a murderer, in his own way he was a patriot.  He believed that Caesar was the worst thing possible for Rome.

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Casca was loyal to whom in Julius Caesar?

Casca, a tribune, was loyal to the Roman people and felt that his duty was to kill Caesar to save them from themselves.  He felt that the Romans' love of Caesar was fanatical.  As for Caesar, Casca had little time for his histrionics.  Asked to describe the scene where Caesar refused the crown three times after Antony offered it, Casca described Caesar's actions as "mere foolery" (Act 1, Scene 2, line 236).  He mentioned that he thought of laughing as he watched, but refrained, "for fear of opening [his] lips and receiving the bad air" (Act 1, Scene 2, line 248).

In relaying the story in this way to Cassius and Brutus, Casca shows himself to be an early conspirator against Caesar.  Soon after, Casca will work with Cassius to develop the assassination plot and will, in fact, be the first to stab Caesar when the plot comes to fruition.

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