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"Caesar doth bear me hard, but he loves Brutus…" (1.2.309)
What is the significance of Cassius' words above?
Cassius is upset because Caesar likes Brutus more than him; therefore, Cassius thinks he should get closer to Brutus in order to carry favor with Caesar.
Cassius realizes that by eliminating Brutus from the mix, Caesar will then begin to view him as an individual of worth.
Cassius desires the opportunity to become closer to Caesar because of his great admiration he contains for him;the only way he feels like this can be done is through him befriending Brutus.
Cassius realizes that being friends with his enemy's friend will bring him closer to his true goal; as the old saying goes, 'keep your friends close but your enemies closer.'
Cassius sees an opportunity to further his career path through befriending a comrade of Caesar's.