What Was Brutus's Motivation In Julius Caesar

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Many people believe that Brutus’s actions greatly affected the development of the play, Julius Caesar. They also debate on what motivated him to make those choices in contrast to what motivations Cassius had. Brutus was not correct in joining the conspiracy against Caesar, he was manipulated into joining by Cassius. His motivations were pure, while Cassius was fueled by greed and yearning for money and power. Most agree that Brutus’s motivations were very noble, which could be considered the opposite of Cassius’s. His many choices allowed the reader to learn more about him and his state of mind, while also advancing the plot. First of all, what Cassius did to persuade Brutus and how it affected him. When Cassius first started talking to Brutus, he appealed to Brutus by complimenting him. He even told him…show more content…
This appealed to Brutus’s sense of trust towards Cassius by saying things that he wanted to hear. Next, he questioned if Brutus wanted Caesar to be king. At this, Brutus told him that he did not want him to be king. The conversation led on to the two talking about Caesar’s weaknesses. Brutus was told of how Caesar had almost drowned in the water and asked Cassius for help. Before they reached their goal, Caesar cried for help from Cassius, stating that he’s going to drown (Shakespeare Act I Scene II). This made Caesar come off as weak, along with this, he offered another example. He described a time that Caesar was sick in Spain, “His coward lips did from their colour fly, And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world Did lose his lustre: I did hear him groan: Ay, and that tongue of his that bade the Romans Mark him and write his speeches in their books, Alas, it cried 'Give me some drink, Titinius,' As a sick girl.” (Shakespeare Act I Scene II). He’s careful about his words, using phrases such as ‘coward lips’ to make Caesar look bad. He thinks it ironic of how Caesar, whose words

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