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Flattery will get you nowhere At the beginning of the story this quote might appear to be false but as the story unfolds it only leads to the down fall of all involved Throughout Julius Caesar both friends and enemies use flattery and manipulation to obtain their goals The first main use of flattery is used by Cassius on Brutus in Act 1 Scene 2 and in Act 2 Scene 1 Cassius tries his hardest to force Brutus to join the revolt against Caesar but Brutus resists stating his loyalty and faithfulness to Rome However after Brutus accidentally blurts out I do fear the people choose Caesar as their king Cassius continues his pursuit to convince Brutus to join the conspirators He thinks the best way to flatter Brutus is by talking about how noble the plebeians view him Cassius chooses to send Brutus a letter supposedly from a Roman citizen It boldly states Brutus thou sleepst Awake and see thyself Shall Rome etc Speak strike and redress These words persuade him to join the conspirators because he prides how high the public views him and does not want to let them down Cassius swayed Brutus by complementing him and saying the people depend on him Without flattering his nobility Brutus would probably never have j oined the conspirators In Act 2 Scene 2 there is thunderstorm outside and Caesars wife is having a nightmare about her husbands death She dreamt that smiling Romans were washing their hands in Caesars blood When she awakes she tells Caesar who tries to calm her by sending the augurers to make a sacrifice However the results of the sacrifice do not comfort him They could not find a heart within the beast When Decius Brutus comes to take him to the senate Caesar declares that he will stay home Caesar tells him about Calphurnias dreams Decius Brutus cleverly gives them a flattering interpretation by This dream
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