Julius Caesar

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Cassius' Philosophy

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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 dishonorable 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"? (1.2.136-144)

Early in Act I, Cassius and Brutus are speaking to one another. Brutus comments on hearing the crowd's cheers for Caesar.

Cassius retorts with a statement that is indicative of his philosophical belief.

Which belief is being expressed and why?

A

Cassius is expressing his stoic philosophy as he believes that the gods have aligned man's life and no matter what they do to attempt to change it will not matter. Man doesn't have any control over his life.

B

Cassius is expressing his stoic belief in the statement because of his belief in the natural order of things. He believes that nature will take its course and that is something that every man must accept.

C

Cassius is expressing his epicurean belief because he doesn't fear anything in life; he is under the belief that the individual is responsible for carving out the life they want to lead.

D

Cassius is expressing his epicurean belief through his implication that man is but a small speck on a huge earth with no control over any aspect. They are looked at as the gods' figurines walking amongst them and dying when their time is expired.

E

Cassius is expressing his stoic philosophy in the sense that he feels morally responsible to ensure that the good of Rome is upheld and that Brutus knows that Cassius considers it his ethical responsibility to inform Brutus about Rome's declining future.