It means someone doing whatever to gain more power. For example, Cassius used Brutus to kill Caesar and to gain power. Also, Antony used a fake Caesar’s will to gain more power. Lastly, ambition and conflict play another themes. Caesar was an ambitious man and so was Cassius.
However, some of his constituents plan to stop his rise to power. But to succeed, they need the help of Caesar’s right hand man and good friend, Brutus. In this scene, Cassius, the head conspirator, attempts to use ethos, pathos, and logos to convince Brutus to turn against Caesar. Cassius uses his knowledge of Caesar’s failings and his past with Caesar to prove he is a knowledgeable and credible source, while also trying to invoke feelings of anger in Brutus. Cassius mainly uses the device pathos by trying to invoke emotions in Brutus to turn him against Caesar.
The final reason why Julius Caesar was a villain is the fact that he took action first without thinking about what the consequences would be. Some people might say that Caesar was a hero because he conquered new lands and saved Rome from the hardships of war. Except Caesar, like stated before, only cared about fame and wealth so, he sought out to conquer new lands when really he just started the wars and put Rome in a zone of danger. He started unnecessary wars without thinking about how the rise of taxes (due to the war) would affect the economic part of Rome and it’s citizens. In conclusion, Julius Caesar was more of a villain than a hero.
In this, Cassius is comparing Caesar to the giant Colossus statue. Although, in direct contradiction to this statement, Cassius also earlier implies that Caesar is a “sick girl”(1.2.28) due to him drowning and calling upon Cassius for help. Cassius depicts, and spreads, the image that Caesar is an all-powerful future tyrant, a threat larger than what he actually is when taking into account his history. This is out of one simple trait of Cassius’s own: jealousy. It is evident through Cassius’s disgruntled tone when speaking about Caesar, as well as his ulterior motives regarding Brutus, that jealousy is the true leading cause in spreading a negative perception of Caesar: “Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet I see/ Thy honorable mettle may be wrought/ From that it is dispos’d; therefore it is meet.”(1.2.303-305).
In Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare, several rhetorical devices are used inside this play to represent not only the speaker, but how it affects the people listening as well as the readers. In Act 2 Scene 1, Brutus speaks with Cassius and other fellow conspirators about the assassination of Caesar. Though Cassius was the one who plotted the entire coup, Brutus quickly takes control over the entire plan. The conversation between the two show who is really in command and whose words have more weight. Cassius and Brutus have only spoken briefly and Brutus just has been introduced to Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius, and he carries more of an influence in decision making than Cassius does.
In a similar fashion, using imagery, Cassius once again conveys the idea that Caesar should not be the ruler of Rome. However this time, by saying that no one man should have control of an empire spanning thousands of miles in all directions, he does it by setting a picture in the reader's head of Rome’s wide streets being covered by only one man, Caesar. This clever use of imagery once again implants ideas in Brutus’s mind without being too blunt, which in the end was the sole reason Cassius was able to convince Brutus to join the
Octavian avoided such titles since he already had the power of an emperor and knew that there was a stigma towards the term monarch. He would only become a monarch as long as the people desired him to be one. Cassius Dio adds, “The name of monarchy, to be sure, the Romans so detested that they called their emperors neither dictators nor kings nor anything of the sort; yet since the final authority for the government devolves upon them, they must need kings.” The reason why Julius Caesar was assassinated was because he did not care enough on how the senate and people perceived him. He acted in public as a monarch in which roman republic tradition condemns. Octavian was intelligent enough to understand that you can be an emperor but you have to
Cassius plays mind games on the others when trying to convince them. His reasonings were based on both logic and emotions. When people throughout history think of a leader, they think of their leaders as strong, noble, and decisive. In this case Caesar is not that in Cassius’ eyes. In fact, he is a weak
One of Cassius’s idiosyncrasies is devious. During Cassius’s soliloquy in Act one Scene two, Cassius starts talking about how he is going to convince Brutus to help him. He says “ I will this night, in several hands, in at his windows throw, as if they came from several citizens, writing, all tending to the great opinion that Rome holds of his name.”. What he is saying is that he will forge writings to make them look like other people’s writings and then give them to Brutus to make him notice that Rome thinks he is better than Caesar. He expects this will then lead to Brutus helping Cassius.