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Cassius' Manipulation Of Brutus, The Noblest Roman Of Them All, In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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Brutus is a good man who is easily turned evil by men filled with abhorrence and jealousy. In the play, Julius Caesar, Brutus is a Roman who is easily manipulated, decisive, and proud. These contradicting traits of Brutus show us why the reader does not want to believe that Brutus is an antagonist in the story.
Brutus is shown as being easily manipulated in the play. This trait is shown a few times in the play. At the beginning, Brutus is tricked by Cassius into believing that killing Julius Caesar would be for the better of Rome (1, 2, ll. 32-321). Cassius is able to deviously influence Brutus into thinking that Caesar is no different from Brutus. He says, “Brutus and Caesar: what should ...view middle of the document...

Another time when Brutus shows his abilities to strongly make decisions occurs when he and Cassius debate over which battle strategies to take when facing Octavius and Antony’s army (4, 3, ll. 202-223). Cassius disagrees on what to do at first, but Brutus is able to win him over. Brutus’ decisive trait helped him very much in the play Julius Caesar. All though being decisive was a good trait of his, his most important one was pride.
Pride is one of Brutus’ greatest trait and he showed how proud he was many times in the story. In Act 2, Scene 1, Brutus rejects the idea of making an oath with the conspirators because of his nobility and pride. Here he says that if the good of Rome is not enough for them to murder Caesar, they should leave and disband now. Later , when Cassius and Brutus are pondering over thoughts of defeat, Cassius asks Brutus if he would ever go into Rome as a slave. Brutus replies, “No Cassius, no: think not, thou noble Roman,/ That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome:/ He bears too great a mind” (5, 1, ll. 111-113). The final moment where...

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