They have allowed a man to gain excessive power; therefore, they have the responsibility to stop him, and with a man of Caesar's well-known ambition, that can only mean assassination. Caesar says of him, "He reads much; / He is a great observer and he looks / Quite through the deeds of men." Cassius is the most shrewd and active member of the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar. Throughout the action, Cassius remains relatively unconcerned with the unscrupulous means he is willing to use to further the republican cause, and at Sardis, he and Brutus come almost to breaking up their alliance because Brutus objects to his ways of collecting revenue to support the armies. [And] [w]hen Caesar says, 'do this,' it is performed" (1.2. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Cassius intensely dislikes Caesar personally, but he also deeply resents being subservient to a tyrant, and there are indications that he would fight for his personal freedom under any tyrant. In fact, Cassius says, Caesar is a gutless wonder. He's politically savvy and manipulative, and he absolutely resents the way the Roman people treat Julius Caesar like a rock star. Cassius is a general and long-time friend of Julius Caesar, but because of Caesar's power, Cassius becomes jealous. Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar. The great irony surrounding Cassius throughout the play is that he nullifies his greatest asset when he allows Brutus to take effective control of the republican faction. Add Yours. Answered by jill d #170087 9 years ago 2/21/2012 2:47 AM. Like Cassius again, he is bound by ties of affection and admiration to a finer nature. In William Shakespeareâs tragic play Julius Caesar the theme Power Corrupts is arrayed thoroughly. Cassius and Caesar, according to Shakespeare's play, were childhood friends (Cassius told a story of how he even saved Caesar from drowning in the Tiber River). What does this reveal about him? To accomplish his goal of removing Caesar from power, he resorts to using his keen insight into human nature to deceive Brutus by means of a long and passionate argument, coupled with bogus notes. Caesar states, "I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius." Cassius's character develops â¦ © 2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Cassius desires a relationship with Brutus, and so does Caesar. 16. Unlike Brutus, who loves Caesar but is opposed to the idea of a monarchy, Cassius seems more motivated by jealousy of Caesar than by any political ideology. In order to add value and credibility to the conspiracy, Cassius does â¦ The character of Cassius is contrasted dramatically with Brutus: But he also has a certain nobility of mind that is generally recognized. Caesar says of him, "He reads much; / He is a great observer and he looks / Quite through the deeds of men." At the end of Act I, Scene 2, he is a passionate and devious manipulator striving to use Brutus to gain his ends. Describe what happens when Caesar is offered the crown, according to Casca? Cassius recalls a windy day when he and Caesar stood on the banks of the Tiber River, and Caesar dared him to swim to a distant point. Meanwhile, Caesar passes by, returning from addressing the crowd, and confides in Mark Antony that he does not trust Cassius. Cassius refers to Caesar as âa thingâ which shows how much disrespect Cassius has for Caesar. To show Caesr's weakness. While Brutus worries about what Caesar’s power could mean for the Roman people, Cassius resents how Caesar has become a god-like figure. On the other hand, Cassius offers Brutus the correct advice that Brutus should not allow Antony to talk to the Roman citizens after Caesarâ¦ He displays extreme hatred in his verbal attack on Caesar during Lupercal; he almost loses control because of fear when Popilius reveals that the conspirators' plans have been leaked; he gives vent to anger in his argument with Brutus in the tent at Sardis; he expresses an understanding tolerance of the poet who pleads for him and Brutus to stop their quarrel; and he threatens suicide repeatedly and finally chooses self-inflicted death to humiliating capture by Antony and Octavius. Publius Servilius Casca Longus, Roman tribune in 43 B.C., is the name of the assassin who first struck Julius Caesar on the Ides of March, in 44 B.C. 15. Are you sure you want to remove #bookConfirmation# 12. Why does Cassius describe saving Caesar from drowning? In lines 32 - 47 Cassius complains of Brutusâs unusual behavior. He functions in some respects as the conspirators’ leader, although Brutus later takes this role. Cassius and Brutus are like brothers, but Cassius wants to kill Caesar so he cannot take the throne, and Brutus knows Caesar cannot take the throne, but Cassius sweet-talks Brutus into fully following him, (however, Cassius gets Brutus to think he's the one leading the conspirators). Cassius says Caesar is too hubris to be ruler, he says it would be a mistake and make Rome fall into ruins 2)How you would describe the relationship between Brutus and Cassius In the text the relationship Brutus and Cassius can be described as more of a close acquaintance rather than friends. Antony replies by saying that "[he] shall remember. In "Juilius Caesar," Caesar himself describes Cassius as "lean and hungry," a man who thinks too much and is "dangerous" (I, ii, 193-195). From the very beginning, Cassius is pleased with himself for his ability to manipulate others. 14. On the other hand, Cassius offers Brutus the correct advice that Brutus should not allow Antony to talk to the Roman citizens after Caesar’s death. Unlike Brutus, who loves Caesar but is opposed to theâ¦ read analysis of Caius Cassius. Cassius had to drag him from the water. Asked by AJ 123 #554774 on 2/22/2017 8:38 PM Last updated by jill d #170087 on 3/26/2018 8:46 PM Answers 1 Add Yours. 12-13). By the end of Act IV, Scene 3, he is a calm friend of Brutus who will remain faithful to their friendship until death. Act 2 Scene 2 1. Caesar worries because Cassius thinks too much, he watches people, he does not like fun and games, he reads a lot, etc.