Cassius manipulates Brutus to the point of making him feel as if there are several people wanting Brutus to do something about Caesar. Cassius also wants to convince Brutus that “Caesar’s ambition shall be glanced at” so they can eliminate his power for fear that “worse days [may] endure”. Cassius is not the only senator wanting to eliminate Caesar’s growing
Cicero’s On Duties defends republican government because it serves the whole community. He stresses that honorable rulers must benefit the people. Ruling “for the sake of pre-eminence” leads one astray (On Duties, 11). In contrast, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar chronicles the dissolution of a republican government, as the play ends with the rise of imperial Rome. This ending helps depict the power of the elites.
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Cassius wishes to convince Brutus to join the conspiracy against Caesar, because he and his co-conspirators believe Caesar is unfit for ruling Rome, and that Caesar would bring about the fall of their great city. In this passage, Cassius persuades Brutus through his self-image and emotional connection to Rome, his trust in Cassius’s nature and judgements, and his reasoning as to why Caesar becoming ruler is dangerous for Rome. Cassius capitalizes on Brutus’s emotions in that he gives compliments for the purpose of inflating Brutus’s ego.This is shown when Cassius says Brutus has “hidden worthiness”, (1,2,57) and his worthiness earns him “many of the best respect in Rome” (1,2,59). Cassius utilizes these compliments
In Brutus’ oration he answers the question of why he decided to kill Caesar. Brutus answers the question by saying, “this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more” (3.2.22-24). This answer from Brutus appeals to the Romans’ sense of nationalism. Brutus inflames the mob’s feeling of passion and pride for their country. This use of pathos is very powerful and well crafted; however, Mark Antony outsmarts him.
More than just once does Cassius express his ill will towards Caesar’s position of influence over Rome and its people. Cassius complains, “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” (I.ii.130-133). Cassius is aware of Caesar’s weaknesses and questions the people yet again as to why Caesar deserves the power he holds. If a man such as Caesar has the ability to rule a city, Cassius wonders why that same man cannot even take care of himself, comparing Caesar to a sick girl. Cassius
Brutus’ judgement in making this decision is not clouded by jealousy or envy of Caesar. The main reason for Brutus to join the conspiracy is Caesar’s unpredictability when he becomes king. Brutus says that when ambitious leaders get to the top they forget the common people that helped them get there (II, i, 21-26). When Brutus says that it is a common fact that leaders turn their backs on others when they reach the top, he uses logos. Contrastingly, the same statement shows ethos because Brutus is, in a sense, putting up his hand and saying that he knows best how Caesar could behave.
In Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, an assassination towards Julius Caesar takes place leaving the city of Rome without a head leader. The question as to if the assassinators are guilty or not arises. Brutus takes part in being one of the assassinators of Caesar, leaving him with more power, being a Senator of Rome. During Brutus’ speech, he is trying to convince the audience that him killing Caesar did nothing but good to Rome due to Caesar being too ambitious with his plans of turning Romans into slaves. On the other hand, Marc Antony responds to Brutus’ speech at Caesar’s funeral stating that Brutus did not in fact kill Caesar for the good of Rome.
William Blake claims, “it is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend”. In the play Julius Caesar, Shakespeare writes about a nation built on: trust, betrayal, and patriotism. At the start of the play, Cassius accuses Brutus of not having any passion or pride in his nation. Cassius then proclaims “then Brutus, I have much mistook your passion” (Shakespeare I,ii,48). This shines a light on the fact that Cassius is trying to upset Brutus and manipulate him to oppose Caesar.
There are many things to describe a great man, in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, it is evident that Brutus is the better man because of him being very patriotic about Rome and loving Rome more than some people, also him being brave and telling men to cover their hands in Caesar’s blood, and he is loyal to the people around him. Brutus in the story Julius Caesar, shows that he is the better man by him being patriotic about his home place in Rome. In page 952 line 21-22, it says “not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” -Brutus. This shows that Brutus loved his country sometimes more than