Julius Caesar: Brutus Vs. Cassius Essays
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In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius are contrasting characters. They differ in the way they perceive Antony as a threat to the assassination plot, their dominance in personality, and their moral fiber. In Julius Caesar, Brutus is the more naïve, dominant and noble character, while Cassius is the more perceptive, submissive, and manipulative person.
Brutus and Cassius are very different in the way they perceive Antony. Brutus is very trusting and naïve when he judges Antony. When the subject of killing Antony comes up among the conspirators, Brutus underestimates how dangerous Antony could be and says, “For Antony is but a limb of Caesar”(2.1.178). This statement means Brutus does not…show more content…
Cassius thinks that Cicero is a good and honorable man that should be included, but as soon as he nominates Cicero to join the group, Brutus steps in and says, “O, name him not! Let us not break with him, / For he will never follow anything/ That other men begin” (2.1.162-165). Instead of contesting Brutus, Cassius just lets it pass and concedes to not permitting Cicero to join the group. Although this particular argument isn’t pivotal to the plot, it augments how Brutus dominates what decisions are made. Brutus again shows his dominance over Cassius when the two are discussing military strategies. Cassius wants to stay where they are and let Octavius and Antony waste their energy trying to find Brutus and him. “ ‘Tis better that the enemy seek us; / So shall he waste his means, and weary his soldiers…”(4.3.228-229). This is a good idea and it should be used, but Brutus shows his precedence over Cassius by instantaneously replying, “Good reasons must by force give place by better…”(4.3.233). Brutus then states his reason: if they get to Philipi first, they will have the better position. Cassius, who has a good argument, does not even try to contest Brutus. He backs down and says, “Then with your will, go on” (4.3.256). This decision leads to their armies losing and to the end of both their lives. Cassius has the better plan but he submits to Brutus. Finally, when Brutus and Cassius are arguing with each other about everything
The personalities of Brutus and Cassius differ significantly, which causes them to have a corrupt relationship. Brutus is an honest, truthful man. He is also shown to be naïve when he allows Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. He has a passion for the prosperity of Rome, and believes that Caesar will not be a fit ruler. He debates joining the conspiracy, but doesn’t want to murder Caesar. Cassius is a deceiving, selfish man. He knows that the conspirators need Brutus to be successful, so he sends him anonymous letters. Brutus receives the letters and decides to join the conspirators in the murdering of Caesar. Brutus and Cassius are both part of the conspiracy, but their motives are quite different. Brutus truly believes that Caesar’s death is necessary to the success of Rome. If he is not killed, Brutus fears that he will be crowned king and Rome will no longer be a democracy. Cassius’ motives are not for the good of Rome, but instead, they are very selfish. Cassius hates Caesar, and is very power-thirsty. He worries that the conspiracy will be defeated by Mark Antony, and suggests that they kill him too. Brutus resists, saying, “Let’s be sacrificers, but not butchers” (Act II Scene I line 167). Because of their differences, Brutus and Cassius rarely agree on matters. They argue constantly, and both have strong opinions. Cassius is furious at Brutus for publicly disgracing a friend of his for taking bribes from the Sardinians. Brutus is equally furious that Cassius would defend someone who takes bribes, arguing that Caesar was killed for that exact behavior. As the upcoming battle puts stress on the two men, they grow farther and farther apart. Before the battle, the two men are able to put their differences behind themselves and forgive each other. After struggling for so long to get along, their relationship is left in good terms. Cassius says a final goodbye to Brutus in Act V Scene I lines 119-121, by stating, “Forever, and forever, farewell, Brutus! If we do meet again, we’ll smile indeed; If not, ‘tis true this parting was well made.”