Julius Caesar- Brutus & Cassius: Who Is the better leader?

Topics: Julius Caesar, Roman Republic, Augustus Pages: 6 (2170 words) Published: March 13, 2003
In William Shakespeare?s Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius are very influential characters. Each character makes many mistakes with the assassination plans and the strategies at Philippi. Each man has his reasons for their mistakes, if it is either their idealism, being uncompassionate or not, fully thinking for their actions. Brutus and Cassius are very contrasting people; one man is better suited to be a leader of a battle and an Empire, than the other. That man is: Marcus Brutus. Although Brutus makes many consequential mistakes, his errors are made because his nobleness outranks his intelligence. Whereas for Cassius, his mistakes are made from poor decision making. Brutus himself knows that he is often too honourable and not as realistic as he should be. ?I am not gamesome; I do lack some part / Of that quick spirit that is in Antony? [Act I, Scene II, L 28 ? 29]. By knowing this, that makes Brutus a better and stronger leader, since he is able to admit to his weakness.

Cassius is a very mischief person. His reasons to assassinate Caesar are far less noble than them of Brutus. Cassius?s intentions to kill Caesar are of jealousy. He is jealous that has become more powerful than Cassius. As well he is selfish in his reasons for the killing. Earlier in the times of Pompey, Cassius fought against Caesar. Which demonstrates him wanting Caesar dead. He shows his jealousy/selfishness towards Caesar to Brutus. ?For once, upon a raw and gusty day, / The troubled Tiber chaffing with her shores, / Caesar said to me ?Dar?st thou, Cassius, now / Leap in with me into this angry flood, / And swim to yonder point?? Upon the word, / Accoutred as I was, I plunged in / And bade him follow; so indeed he did. / The torrent roar?d, and we did buffet it / With lusty sinews, throwing it aside / And stemming it with hearts of controversy; / But ere we could arrive the point propose?d, / Caesar cried ? Help me, Cassius, or I sink!? / I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor, / Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder / the old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber / Did I the tired Caesar.) (Act I, Scene II. L 100 ? 115). There he was indicating that one day Caesar was drowning and asked Cassius to save him. Cassius tries to use this to persuade Brutus, that Caesar is not a good leader. As we all know, physical strength/abilities does not make a leader any better. Once again he uses another ?cheap shot? to try to convince Brutus. ?He had a fever when he was in Spain, / And when he fit was on him, I did mark / How coward lips did from their colour fly, / And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world / Did lose his luster; I did hear him groan; / Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans, / Mark him and write his speeches in their books, / Alas! It cried, ?Give me some drink, Titinius?, / As a sick girl. / Ye gods, it doth amaze me, / A man of such a feeble temper should / So get the start of the majestic world, / And bear the palm alone.? (Act I, Scene II, L. 119 ? 131). Likewise he expresses clearly that he is jealous of Caesar since he has became a ?god-like? figure in Rome. ?And this man / Is now become a god, and Cassius is / A wretched creature, and bend his body / If Caesar carelessly but not on him.? (Act I, Scene II, L. 115 ? 118)

Many people of Rome do not care, and do not think much of Cassius, including Caesar, who talks about Cassius very rudely. ?He reads much, / He is a great observer, and he looks / Quite through the deeds of men; he loves no plays, / As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music;/ As if he mock?d himself, and scorn?d his spirit / That could be mov?d to smile at any thing.? (Act I, Scene II, L. 200 ? 205.) In that excerpt he is saying that Cassius does not enjoy plays and music and only reads; Cassius smiles but when he does it is only an ?evil? smile; He does not pay attention to the things that people do but their motives for doing them. Also from Caesar we learn that he is somewhat dangerous ?He has a...
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