Brutus vs. Cassius A leader is a person who follows through and knows what they want. Cassius, in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is the character who wants to kill Caesar based on his political ranking in Rome. Cassius recruited Caesar's best friend, Brutus, to help him catch Caesar before he gets too big and in Cassius’ opinion destroys Rome. Cassius Is a very effective leader compared to Brutus. Cassius gets his way in the end of the play, although he does not live to see what effects the death of Caesar has on Rome.
Caesar most likely would have become one of the most prosperous leaders of Rome. If Antony was also killed like Cassius wanted I believe Cassius would have started a rise to power that would lead to everything he said he was trying to prevent. Overall Cassius did more bad then good he manipulated his friends, allies he killed someone he said he loved, he lied to get revenge, and he killed out of greed. Brutus said he asked for money from Cassius to pay for his troops when you are about to go to war you do not help pay for an allies troops when they need it. You also don’t lash out and say you are better than your ally when you should be planning for the pressing battle.
He then joins a conspiracy to kill Caesar. After the conspiracy he is considered a murderer and flees his own country, eventually committing suicide. “I would not Cassius, yet I love him well.” (I.II.83), “I killed not thee with half so good a will.” Dies (V.V.51). These two quotes strongly highlight Brutus ' change throughout the play. One aspect changes, but one does not;
Brutus tries to impress the crowd by saying that Caesar was going to become a dictator. “Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?” (ii.III.L 22-24). Brutus gives this reason to make the people think this murderous act was honorable. Antony then steps up to the plate to give his speech. “The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious… He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
Marc Antony loves Caesar and was sincerely hurt when Brutus, a respected man to whom was close to Caesar, played a role in the assassination. Brutus was abl persuade the crowd , the people of Rome, in believing that Caesar deserved to die as he was ambitious and that his death was for the better of Rome. Through the speech Marc Antony disproves Brutus as when presented with the crown “ thrice did he refuse”(III.ii.99). Thus he asks if this is the crowds view of an honorable man which he refers to Brutus, with a tone of sarcasm, and in addition this makes the crowd question their own opinion. The need to avenge Caesar 's death gave Antony a motivation but he also used emotion to win the trust of the Romans.
Brutus used pathos, and this is shown through him saying “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more”(III.ii.22-23). Brutus wanted to appeal to the Plebeians sense of patriotism. If he made them understand that he killed Caesar for the good of Rome, for the good of them, then they will understand that the assassination was needed and not done cold-heartedly out of hate. Brutus also used pathos by saying, “As I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself when it shall please my country to need my death” (III.ii.46-48). Brutus wanted the Plebeians to know that he truly, truly loved Rome.
That day they lost not only a general, but a man whose job was to help the people. He was seen as an ambitious man who needed to be stopped. Right before Anthony gave his speech Brutus came to explain why the murder was a just cause. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Anthony shows his ability to tell the truth through dishonesty and irony. He starts off his eulogy by saying “Friends romans countrymen, lend me your ears;” he uses this as an introduction
Cassius influenced Brutus to conspire against Caesar by stating, Caesar “is now become a god… and his name has been sounded more than [Brutus’s]” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 118-145-6). Cassius’s arguments convinced Brutus in proving Caesar's murder would be just, but Caesar’s death is unjust because he is being murdered out of Brutus and Cassius’s jealousy. Both of the individuals are envious of the power that Caesar is being given by the people of Rome and want to end his life before they will lose their own power in the senate after Caesar becomes king. Brutus’ naive mind was easily convinced by Cassius that Caesar was not the best choice to assume the Roman throne because he would not listen to their political thoughts. Individuals, such as Cassius and Brutus, in the senate were afraid of having their power decreased because Caesar, as Brutus states, is an “unhatched serpent’s egg” (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 33).
When planning to kill him, the conspirators gather around Caesar and he sees his trusted friend Brutus among them. They pull out their daggers and stab Caesar. With his dying breath Caesar addresses Brutus, "Et tu, Brute?” (III.i.77). This quote emphasizes the betrayal Caesar felt. Caesar had expected betrayal from Cassius, but was truly surprised that his good friend Brutus did too.
The death of a man, Julius Caesar. In 44 B.C. Julius Caesar the Roman dictator was loved by many citizens of Rome, but he was not loved by all. Some citizens of Rome hated Julius many of them in the senate. Two big conspirators of his death were Brutus and Cassius.