Julius Caesar Essay

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Julius Caesar Essay

The purpose of this essay is to analyse the ways in which the two main conspirators, Brutus and Cassius are different to each other. These two characters are different in their politics, outlook and attitudes. In the play of Julius Caesar, Brutus is the more noble, honourable and dominant character, while Cassius is the more cunning, manipulative and submissive character. Brutus’ reactions to things are more calm, patient and controlled where as Cassius is more bad-tempered so gets angry very quickly and therefore loses his control easily. They are different in the way they see and judge Anthony.

The predominant distinction between these two characters, Brutus and Cassius, is the way they perceive Anthony. Brutus is very trusting and naive when he judges Anthony. When the subject of killing Antony comes up among the conspirators, Brutus doesn’t realise how dangerous Antony could be and says, “For Antony is but a limb of Caesar.” (2.1.165) – This statement means Brutus does not think it is necessary to kill Antony and he thinks that without Caesar, Antony is powerless. He also says, “If he love Caesar, all that he can do is to himself: take thought, and die for Caesar.” (2.1.186–187) – This statement means Brutus thinks the only thing Mark Anthony will be able to do is to hurt himself and wouldn’t have the courage to take revenge from the conspirators. This is where his bad decisions start and have some bad consequences.

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Another incident where Brutus misjudges Antony is when he allows Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. Brutus trusts that Antony will not say anything bad about the conspirators or him: “What Antony shall speak I will protest. He speaks by leave and by permission.... It shall advantage us more than do us wrong” (3.1.240–245). Brutus actually thinks that by letting Antony speak, the conspirators and he will have a better situation for themselves because it will make their plot seem honorable. Cassius, on the other hand, is a very clever person and he sees how dangerous Antony can be. When ...

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