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Goodbyes Before Battle

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What tone does Brutus take and what is meant when he says to Cassius,

Forever, and forever, farewell, Cassius!
If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
If not, why then this parting was well made. (5.1.121-123)

A

Optimistic; Brutus is certain that he and Cassius will come out victorious from the battle; he is only uncertain about the place they will be reunited.

B

Uncertain; Brutus feels as though, if Cassius and he come out victorious, it will be a reunion filled with happiness and raw emotion.

C

Unconvinced; Brutus has no confidence in their army; he does not think that they will win the battle and wants to be sure Cassius knows the extent to which he valued their friendship.

D

Confident; Brutus wants Cassius to rest assured that they did the right thing, and their union against Caesar was for the good of Rome rather than supporting the ambition of one man.

E

Pessimistic; Brutus knows they are going to lose the battle; therefore, it is important for him to say goodbye to Cassius and ensure him that they did the right thing.