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Cassius' Persuasion Of Brutus

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How does Cassius persuade Brutus to give him his attention and then begin to see things his way? Cassius first gets Brutus' attention through intuitive flattery as he says, "I have not from your eyes the gentleness and show of love as I was wont to have". This shows that Cassius is basing his persuasion on his friendship with Brutus because this almost gives him a level of trust, which he can use to make sure Brutus listens to him. He then suggests Brutus may be troubled in some way and Brutus says he does not know why he is in so much anguish. ...read more.


Then I must think you would not have it so" as he sees this as a window through which he can pour his evil thoughts and work Brutus round to his way of thinking. Cassius now feels he has Brutus' attention and begins to make his case as Brutus asks, "Wherefore do you hold me here so long?". Cassius knows he has been offered a chance to explain his plan and starts as he means to go on with the argument that Caesar is not anything special and is no more divine or powerful than himself in his essence. "I was born free as Caesar," he also tells the story of when they jumped into the Tiber but Caesar could not cope and cried, "Help Me Cassius or I sink". ...read more.


This would show Brutus that he could be just as powerful as Caesar were he to follow Cassius in his conspiratorial plans. Cassius also attacks Caesar for being a single man straddling Rome like a "colossus". This will encourage Brutus to follow him as Brutus believes in the republic very strongly and so Cassius ends his persuasion by saying "There was a Brutus once that would have brooked Th'eternal Devil to keep his state in Rome as easily as a king." This is saying that Brutus' ancestors were capable of great deeds just as Brutus is now and this is yet more flattery to work alongside "dear Brutus" and "gentle Brutus" to make his argument a very convincing one. ...read more.

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