Character Relationships in Julius Caesar Flashcards

Why do the conspirators plot against Julius Caesar?

The conspirators, including Cassius and Brutus, fear Caesar’s growing power and ambition. They believe he wants to be king, which would give him unopposed authority and threaten the republic.

Cassius manipulates Brutus into joining the conspiracy, convincing him it is for the good of Rome.

How does Cassius manipulate Brutus into joining the conspiracy?

Cassius flatters Brutus, appealing to his sense of honour and love for the republic. He sends forged letters from Roman citizens expressing fear of Caesar’s tyranny.

Cassius exploits Brutus’s naivety and sense of duty to Rome to convince him to join the plot against Caesar.

What is the relationship between Brutus and Cassius?

Brutus and Cassius have a complex relationship that involves manipulation.

Cassius uses Brutus’s honour and naivety to involve him in the conspiracy against Caesar. Despite their alliance, they have significant disagreements, such as whether to kill Mark Antony.

How do Antony and Octavius respond to Caesar’s assassination?

Antony and Octavius form an alliance to avenge Caesar’s death and defeat the conspirators. Although they have some tension and strategic disagreements, they successfully lead their forces to victory against Brutus and Cassius.

How does Portia demonstrate her loyalty and intelligence in her relationship with Brutus?

Portia shows her loyalty and intelligence by urging Brutus to confide in her about his troubles, showing her understanding and commitment to their partnership.

Despite her strength, the turmoil following Caesar’s assassination leads her to suicide, highlighting the personal costs of Brutus’s political actions.

What is the significance of Brutus’s decision to spare Mark Antony?

Brutus’s decision to spare Mark Antony is a significant mistake. He believes killing Antony would make the conspirators seem too bloodthirsty. However, Antony’s survival allows him to rally the public against the conspirators, leading to civil war and the eventual defeat of Brutus and Cassius.

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