Topics: Roman Republic, Augustus, Julius Caesar Pages: 2 (645 words) Published: April 29, 2013
Throughout the play we can see the mercurial and fascinating personality of such a complex character as it is Cassius, we can see how he goes from leader to follower, from tough to soft, from a cold-hearted murdered and traitor to a good friend, this little but yet so important details are what makes him so interesting; it is impossible to completely understand his motives but we can brake down the traits of his personality The most significant characteristic of Cassius is his ability to perceive the true motives of men, as we can see on the play Caesar itself says of him “he reads much;/he is a great observer and he looks/ quite through the deeds of men” Cassius also believes that the nobility of Rome is responsible for government of Rome, meaning that Caesar shouldn’t rule, he also thinks that the nobility have allowed a man to gain excessive power; therefore, they (the conspirators) have the responsibility to stop him, and with a man of Caesar's well-known ambition, that can only mean assassination. Cassius intensely dislikes Caesar personally, but he also deeply resents being subservient to a tyrant, and there are indications that he would fight for his personal freedom under any tyrant. He does not resent following the almost dictatorial pronouncements of his equal, Brutus, although he does disagree heatedly with most of Brutus' tactical decisions. To accomplish his goal of removing Caesar from power, he resorts to using his keen insight into human nature to deceive Brutus by means of a long and passionate argument, coupled with fake notes. In the conversation, he appeals to Brutus' sense of honor, nobility, and pride more than he presents concrete examples of Caesar's tyrannical actions. Later, he is more out rightly devious in the use of forged notes, the last of which prompts Brutus to leave off contemplation and to join the conspiracy. Cassius later uses similar means to bring Casca into the plot. Clearly, Cassius...
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