Character of Cassius in Julius Caesar: Traits & Analysis

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Instructor: Shamekia Thomas

Shamekia has taught English at the secondary level and has her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It is about the betrayal of Julius Caesar by two of his closest friends, Brutus and Cassius. Learn more about the character Cassius and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Bad Blood: Shakespeare Edition

Imagine growing up with one of your closest friends. You play together, laugh together, do everything together. Suddenly your friend becomes more successful than you. What do you do? Are you happy for them, or are you envious of their success and influence? Julius Caesar and Cassius were longtime friends in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, one of Shakespeare's tragic plays. However, Cassius becomes jealous and envious of Caesar after Caesar defeats his rival, the Roman general Pompey, and becomes more powerful in Rome. Despite their friendship, Cassius develops a plot to kill Julius Caesar.

Cassius: Character Analysis and Traits

Cassius is a general and long-time friend of Julius Caesar, but because of Caesar's power, Cassius becomes jealous. Cassius's character develops as the story of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar unfolds. At first he leads Brutus into the plot to kill Caesar, but in time he allows Brutus to lead the conspiracy.

Cassius believes the people of Rome treat Caesar like a king, and frankly, he doesn't like it. It should be noted that after having known Cassius for a long time, Caesar does not trust him. In order to remove Caesar from power, Cassius, along with several other men, conspire to kill Julius Caesar. Cassius knows his plan will not be successful unless he gets the support of others, including another of Caesar's close friends, Brutus.

Cassius is manipulative, or good at convincing others to do what he wants. He appeals to Brutus's sense of honor, nobility, and pride to convince him to go along with his plan. He writes several letters, said to be from Roman citizens, and sends them to Brutus.

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