Justice In Julius Caesar Vs Brutus

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Although Cassius and Brutus play significant roles in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, both men differ in their rank, views of justice, and possess contrasting personalities. Both men knew Caesar but differed in their motives to kill him. For example, the reader may view Brutus as a hero who desires fair treatment in Rome. Cassius may be looked upon as a manipulative and jealous man seeking to fulfill his own agenda. Despite Brutus’ decision to kill Caesar, it can be argued that he is a man of virtue while Cassius is a man of vice. In regards to personality, Cassius is short tempered and impetuous. After being accused of bribery, Cassius rushes to Brutus and begins an argument with him. Even though he speaks boldly to others, Cassius was easily…show more content…
Cassius is a follower of Epicurus while Brutus adheres to Stoicism. Due to philosophy being the love of wisdom, these contrasting philosophical views help the reader understand the driving motives of the two men, as well as the rationale of Brutus’ virtuosity and Cassius’ wickedness. According to Stanley, “Epicureans believe that pleasure could not be increased beyond the removal of all disturbance” (47). Cassius’ belief in the teachings of Epicurus may have contributed to his view of Caesar as a threat and disturbance to Rome. Having been a friend of Pompey and learning about his death, Cassius wanted to eradicate Caesar in order to avoid a loss of freedom. Cassius is quick to attack other individuals and his arrogance and pride is evident when he discusses his refusal to bow down to authority. He also mocks Caesar’s account of…show more content…
Both men existed in a time where the affairs of Rome were given to one ruler. One could not simply overthrow a government without causing a stir or bringing attention to oneself. It was the duty of Roman citizens to heed to orders. In spite of the fact that both men wanted to eliminate Caesar, it would be more acceptable to blame Cassius for his ultimate demise instead of Brutus. This is due to the fact that Brutus was an honorable man in every decision he
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