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Explain how the audience's perception of Cassius and Brutus is likely to change during these scenes. Pay particular attention to the language Shakespeare uses. (Act 1 Sc.2, Act 2 Sc.1, Act 4 Sc.3)

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Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare Explain how the audience's perception of Cassius and Brutus is likely to change during these scenes. Pay particular attention to the language Shakespeare uses. (Act 1 Sc.2, Act 2 Sc.1, Act 4 Sc.3) Cassius and Brutus are the main characters in these three scenes. Brutus is, at the start of the play loyal to Caesar but Cassius persuades Brutus to murder Caesar. Through Cassius's devious and articulate method of speech Brutus is impelled into thinking this course of action is to the good of Rome and reluctantly agrees and joins with Cassius. Cassius being the main figure in this scene does much of the talking which largely contrasts with Act 2 Sc. 1. Now Brutus dominates the scene. After Cassius has rounded up a number of others to unite with them they all meet up. We can see that Brutus is now firmer than he was before making longer speeches with confidence. In addition to this he starts to make commanding decisions. Act 4 Sc. 3 is where Brutus has sent Cassius a message that he wants to meet him. After Cassius arrives they are engaged in a heated argument where accusations are made and met. ...read more.

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This also makes it easier for Cassius to dominate the scene. Brutus is also very passive in this scene. The remark about Caesar gets Brutus thinking. After hearing the shouting he says "What means this shouting k, I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king. This intrigues Cassius and causes him to say "Ay do you fear it". Cassius has planned this attack on Brutus, just waiting for the right time to spring it on him. Now Brutus realises his mistake and tries to justify what he has just said. In act 2 sc. 1 Brutus is very much the dominating character opposed to Cassius as seen in act 1 sc. 2. The conspirators have been formed and now Brutus is clear on what he need to do and therefore takes on a more authoritative role along with strong character. Cassius in reply to this has turned passive. Brutus meets with the other conspirators when Cassius proposes an oath. "And let us swear our resolution " Brutus replies "no not an oath" And then produces a long speech stretching 27 lines. This is unexpected to the audience but is a clear example of Brutus starting to take authority. ...read more.

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In other words Brutus would rather have his 'friend' do the dirty work to sustain his noble title. He said he would rather "Coin my heart" or "drop my blood for drachmas" meaning he would die rather than get money from these vile methods. He lastly addresses Cassius by his for and surname "Should I have answered Caius Cassius so" This is only done to grab the readers attention and show the suspense involved in this moment. Cassius creates shorts arguments through out the scene. The first one of these arguments take place on line 33: "Go to! You are not Cassius" "I am" "I say you are not" This argument is about weather Cassius is Cassius. Offcoarse this is stupid but it keeps the scene flowing from one person to another. The second one of these would start at line 83: "I denied you not" "You did" "I did not" This takes place after Brutus accuses Cassius of not sending him money. After this Cassius looks for some sympathy. "He was but a fool who brought My answer back" He says this hoping that Brutus will realise his mistake and forgive Cassius and feel sympathetic towards him. Now comes Cassius's self-dramatising speech. He also draws self pity into the first part of the speech. ...read more.

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