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The Ways Shakespeare Reveals The Characters Of Brutus And Cassius In The Play Julius Caesar

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The Ways Shakespeare Reveals the Characters of Brutus and Cassius in the Play Julius Caesar

The play 'Julius Caesar' written in 1623 by William Shakespeare
depicts the scenes in Rome around 44 BC. At the time Rome was a
republic lead by their head senator 'Julius Caesar' lead them. His
great leadership led to the jealousy of many of the other senators
resulting in a conspiracy to assassinate him. The two main
conspirators are Marcus Brutus and Caius Cassius, Shakespeare presents
them as very different characters who have their own and very
different reasons for murdering Caesar.

In the start of the play Brutus and Cassius are attending the feast of
Lupeical, celebrated by the people of Rome. Brutus is a very close
friend of Caesar and admires and loves him as a leader and a friend.
"I love him well." Brutus asks about shouting from the crowd and
Cassius answers him. He is talking about Caesar to Cassius as he said
before that he fears Caesar becoming king. It shows how he loves and
admires Caesar and his respect for him is huge, it also shows how
Cassius feels for Caesar at the beginning of this play.

Brutus and Cassius stand together all throughout this play, they
defend each other and work together by making the plan work using each
others ideas. Cassius starts to manipulate Brutus when he hears the
roar from the crowd and says: "I fear…" Cassius sees this as a
weakness in Brutus and starts to see that he can by changed easily.

References to Brutus' honour are made by other characters throughout
the play. "Well, Brutus, thou art noble" Cassius says this in a
soliloquy at the end of scene two and Shakespeare says this to show
the audience what he is really thinking, Shakespeare was using the
word metal as a metaphor for character implying that there is a
weakness. It is for this reason that Cassius is determined on
enlisting Brutus' support because he knows if Brutus is seen to be
part of the company people will accept it as necessary and the right
course of action. Brutus stands by his honour. "For let the gods so
speed me as I love the name of honour more than I fear death." When
Cassius first hints to him of his intentions towards Caesar, Brutus
responds saying how he is indifferent to Cassius's thoughts and how he
honours and loves Caesar. However Brutus does acknowledge that him
loyalty is to Rome. "Brutus would rather be a villager..."

Cassius is also extremely jealous of Brutus's relationship and
influence over the character of Julius Caesar. "Caesar doth bear me
hard; but he loves Brutus: If I were Brutus and he were Cassius he
should not humour me." This was also takenfrom soliloquy. It shows
that Cassius wants to be loved by Caesar so he gains more power and is
more liked among the other senators, it also show how if he were liked
like Brutus is by Caesar he...

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