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British Literature: 1st Semester Study Guide

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In Julius Caesar, What is the most significant implication of the following exchange between Cassius and Brutus moments after they assassinate Caesar?
Cassius:Why, he that cuts off twenty years of lifeCuts off so many years of fearing death.Brutus:Grant that, and then is death a benefit:So are we Caesar's friends, that have abridgedHis time of fearing death. Stoop, Romans, stoop,And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's bloodUp to the elbows, and besmear our swords;Then walk we forth, even to the market-place,And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads,Let's all cry 'Peace, freedom and liberty!'
Cassius: Stoop, then, and wash. How many ages henceShall this our lofty scene be acted overIn states unborn and accents yet unknown!
Brutus: How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport,That now on Pompey's basis lies alongNo worthier than the dust!
Cassius: So oft as that shall be,So often shall the knot of us be call'dThe men that gave their country liberty.

A.People similar to Cassius will always be right about needing to restore liberty through eliminating its threats, no matter what form of government is in power.
B.People similar to Brutus will always be right about the ultimate value of achievements of leaders - they're nothing but dust after they are removed from tyrannical rule.
C.Cassius sees that the fight against corruption and tyranny will continue in different ages and places throughout human history, regardless of whether removing those who sit in power through murder is justified.
D.Brutus shows us that the only way to justify the assassination of Caesar is to publicly announce it to the citizens of rome, but Cassius sees that this will backfire on them.