Read the extract given below carefully. In your essay
· discuss your impressions of Cassius’ character.
· His attitude towards Caesar
· His use of persuasive language
Cassius: Why man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that’Caesar’?
Why should that name be sounded more than yours?
Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
Sound them , it doth become the mouth as well;
Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with ‘em,
‘Brutus’ will start a spirit as soon as ‘Caesar’.
Now in the names of all the gods at once,
Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,
That he has grown so great? Age, thou art shamed!
Rome thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods.
When went there by an age since the great flood
But it was famed with more than with one man?
When could they say, till now, that talked of Rome,
That her wide walks encompassed but one man?
Now is it Rome indeed, and room enough,
When there is in it but one only man.
O. you and I have heard our fathers say,
There was a Brutus once that would have brooked
Th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome
As easily as a king.
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