Motive Discussion of Cassius and Brutus

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In life, many important decisions develop and must be made before you can act upon a certain idea. In Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Cassius and Brutus handle there decisions in different ways. The outcomes of their decisions greatly impact the future events of the play. These outcomes have some positive outlooks, and some negative, but in the end they are for the greater good.

One of these decisions established what would happen to Caesar. When Caesar became dictator, many of the people of Rome were delighted to have him. For a select few, though, there was hatred for him. Being one of these conspirators, Cassius was trying to gather a group that would do the unthinkable, kill Caesar. “Brutus and Caesar: What should be in that ‘Caesar’? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together yours is as fair a name.” By using flattery, Cassius hopes to persuade Brutus to join his conspiracy. Being a dear friend of Caesar, Brutus is confused between the facts and his friend. Both men feel that Caesar is not best for Rome, but both men see a different reason for why he should be killed. On one hand, Cassius believes he should be killed because he was a member of the first triumvirate, and wanted Caesar’s position of power. On the other hand, Brutus believes that Caesar is not right for Rome because he was ambitious, greedy and hasty, and was not right for dictatorship.

Another example of how Cassius and Brutus differ in their motives of opinion is when they are at war with Antony and Octavius. Cassius, being the former soldier, believes that they should wait it out and attack when the opposing forces are unaware, when Brutus wants to rush right and gain troops on the way. When Titinnius, friend of Cassius says to him, “O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early; who, having some advantage on Octavius, Took it to eagerly: His soldiers fell to spoil, whilst we by Antony are all enclosed,” they realized there was nothing that...
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