He acted on greed, hatred, and jealousy instead of having the good of Rome in mind. Author, Donald Wasson, finds that several of the senators, including Cassius, who were involved in the conspiracy against Caesar were “friends and supporters of Pompey who sought both high office and profit” in his article The Murder of Julius Caesar (Wasson). Cassius did not care about what Caesar was doing or would do to Rome with his power, instead he only worried about having power over everyone else. He told Brutus about Julius Caesar’s disabilities and commented about his amazement that “a man of such a feeble temper should so get the start of the majestic world and bear the palm alone” (I.ii.131-133). Cassius never wanted to be below or feel less than anybody.
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.
Cassius wants Caesar dead and Rome to be controlled by the nobles (which includes himself). Aaron wants Rome to suffer; Aaron wants power over all the Romans in order to take vengeance on Titus and everyone else. Even though they both don’t see the same future for Rome, they both are power hungry and ready to take control of Rome and its citizens. Cassius and Aaron don’t have very similar attitudes through both plays; Cassius has a very intelligent way of speaking as well as a normal attitude when he speaks. Aaron however, has a dark attitude every time he speaks.
It's a decision between morals or friends and makes that decision clear that he rather choose the right morals over having a friend in power. Throughout the novel Julius Caesar's morals is to be seen as ambitious and wanting people to praise him while Brutus's morals being Humble and doing what is ethical. The Characteristics of Julius Caesar and Brutus contradict each other and Brutus does what his morals are to get rid of Julius Caesar or in the play to assassinate him. Another example of of his morally right decisions affecting an outcome is his influence on the conspirators. Cassius, a conspirator, is to ask why Caesar's name is to “be sounded more than” Brutus's name and then to say
Entrepreneur Jim Rohn once said, “Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.” This quote is relevant to the Tragedy of Julius Caesar because Brutus uses rhetoric to convince himself to join the conspiracy against Caesar. Throughout the story, Brutus’ compelling persuasion skills influence his decisions and sway others to follow his ideas. Joining the conspiracy and killing Caesar are justified by Brutus’ powerful arguments. One of Brutus’ major points for allying with the conspiracy is that Caesar could turn his back on the people when he reaches the top and is untouchable. Brutus’ judgement in making this decision is not clouded by jealousy or envy of Caesar.
The crafty insidious Cassius will do almost anything to get his plan into play, for example when the noble Brutus was hesitant to join Cassius’s conspiracy, Cassius uses ethos through a “letter from the people”. Cassius uses ethos to gain power. Cassius the puppeteer used the people as his dolls and Brutus as his puppet. Cassius wrote a letter from the “people” to Brutus saying that they want Caesar dead for the sake of Rome. Cassius tugs at Brutus’s friendship with Caesar versus his nobleness to people, he does this by exposing Brutus.
Cassius hates the way Caesar is seen and treated by the plebeians. For example, in Cassius' monologue he says, "And this man/ Is now become a god, and Cassius/ A wretched creature and must bend his body/ If Caesar carelessly nod on him'(I.ii.115-118). This shows Cassius is jealous that Caesar has become a god like figure to the eyes of the commoners and the respect he is given too, even though Caesar is just an ordinary man like Cassius. Therefore, this is important because Cassius motive for killing Caesar is more personally than it is for the good of Rome. Another example, in Cassius' soliloquy he says, "I will this night/ In several hands, in at his window throw/ As they come from several citizens/ Writings all tending to the great opinion"(I.iii.315-319).
While Brutus maintains noble intentions, Cassius goes into this scheme with every intention of leaving everyone else behind to claim the power for himself, as he has been compelled by their society to do. Cassius tells Brutus that Caesar “doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus” while convincing him that Caesar is accumulating too much power for one man, despite harboring the belief that all of that power should be his (JC I.ii.142-143). To further prove his point to Brutus, Cassius gives Brutus fake letters telling him that the common people would rather have Brutus in charge than Caesar. While this is just Cassius himself manipulating Brutus, Cassius is motivated by the pressures of their society and Brutus, motivated by the belief that his society wants him to, joins the conspirators in their plot to kill Caesar and take power for themselves. Caught in a vicious cycle of societal pressure, these men continue to fight for power even after they achieve their original goal as evidenced by the civil war that breaks out following the assassination of Julius
Cassius and Brutus are characters who have opposite values. In their introductory scene a discussion is taking place about Caesar's claim to the throne. Through this discussion the audience learns a lot about Cassius and Brutus’s values . It is revealed that Brutus is an honorable man who believes in the general good of mankind. He states, (1.2 84-89)“ What is it that you would impart to me?/ If it be aught toward the general good, / Set honour in one eye and death i' the other, / And I will look on both indifferently, / For let the gods so speed me as I love, / The name of honour more than I fear death.” .
Marc Antony, tells the crowd that Caesar was not ambitious even though Brutus and the conspirators thought he was. The Romans started to wonder if Brutus was actually the one who was in control because he received more power once Caesar was dead. To compare today’s ambitious politicians to the ambitious political leaders in Julius Caesar, it is noted that both groups of people wanted more power and more authority. Brutus was already of high power in the city of Rome, but was manipulated by Cassius who wanted even more power, showing that Cassius was the ambitious one behind the murder of Caesar. An opposing argument could be that leaders are not ambitious for power, rather they are just determined to help better their country.