Cassius and Brutus are speaking ill of Caesar behind Caesar’s back. Cassius has been plotting against Caesar from before the play started. Cassius is the leader of the conspirators. Brutus is not. Cassius tells Brutus to kill Caesar and lead Rome. Cassius tells Brutus he would make a better leader. Brutus thinks about it.
Brutus is a close friend with Caesar. Cassius is not. Brutus admits getting rid of Caesar would benefit Rome. The two conspire together.
Cassius seduces Brutus. He plots fake letters in front of Brutus that encourage him to take out Caesar. It works. Brutus decides by killing Caesar he will be saving the Roman Republic; even though they are great friends. “–Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.” (3.2.2)
After the funeral Brutus learns Cassius has been accepting bribes. Brutus was in this for the greater good. Cassius was in this for a self-serving reason. They argue some more. They decide to fight it out.
Cassius kills himself over a misunderstanding. Then Brutus decides to kill himself, because all his friends are dead. Brutus wanted Caesar dead for the good of Roman. He is honorable. Cassius wanted Caesar dead out of envy. Cassius did not like Caesar because Caesar was popular. Cassius did not car about the good of Rome. He is not honorable.
Brutus is humble. Brutus accepts his death. Brutus fought to the end for the good of Rome. According to Cicero, Brutus’s love of Rome does not justify killing a major political leader. Accor