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Julius Caesar

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Brutus' Questions

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What is Brutus' reasoning for asking all of the following questions in the quote below?

Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
What villain touched his body, that did stab,
And not for justice?
What, shall one of us,
That struck the foremost man of all this world
But for supporting robbers, shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
And sell the mighty space of our large honors
For so much trash as may be grasped thus?
I'd rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman. (4.3.19-27)

A

By asking these questions, Brutus doesn't expect answers but is attempting to remind Cassius of the sole purpose of their conspiracy: the good of Rome.

B

Through the questions Brutus poses, he is attempting to justify his actions of killing Caesar rather than seeming as though he killed him in order to profit and line his pockets from it.

C

Brutus asks these questions to display to Cassius that he was not corrupt when he helped take Caesar down, nor will he act as if he is corrupt now.

D

Choices A and B only

E

All choices are applicable