He is already a man distrusted by the conspirators for his friendship with Caesar. Brutus lets him speak at Caesar's funeral, but only after Brutus, a great orator in his own right, has spoken first to "show the reason of our Caesar's death." Brutus makes it clear that Antony may speak whatever good he wishes of Caesar so long as he speaks no ill of the conspirators. But Antony has two advantages over Brutus: his subterfuge and his chance to have the last word. It's safe to say that Antony makes the most of his opportunity.
Caesar also uses direct address to compare Cassius and Antony when he comments, “He loves no plays, / As thou dost, Antony”(213-4). Caesar's description of Cassius is clearly disapproving, and immediately shows the reader that he will be a source of conflict. Caesar contrasts the traits of the men he prefers to have around him with those of Cassius, and uses repetition of the word, “dangerous,” to show that he is aware of the inevitable danger. In the beginning of the passage, Caesar requests to have men around him who are “fat, / sleek-headed men, and such as
‘Tis just. And it is very much lamented, Brutus, that you have no such mirrors as will turn your hidden worthiness into your eye, that you might see your shadow. I have heard where many of the best respect in Rome, speaking of Brutus, and groaning underneath this age’s yoke, had wished that noble Brutus had his eyes (lines 51-62).” He explains that Brutus is very influential, yet he doesn’t know it. He wishes that Brutus could only “open his eyes” to see the power he embraces. The familiar quote, “Flattery will get you nowhere”, did not apply to Cassius.
Brutus wanted Romans to feel free so they wouldn’t have to die slaves. He needed a conspiracy to show that more than one person wanted Caesar dead. Brutus said that he did love Caesar, but he loved Rome more. Antony was also a friend of Caesar. He was ashamed of Brutus and the other conspirators.
"When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff". - (Quote Act III, Sc. II). "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous" Julius Quote (Act I, Scene II). "For Brutus is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men".
But due to Brutus being mislead and easily manipulated by Cassius, Brutus would be a more suitable leader to lead Post-Caesar Rome than Cassius, but not to convincingly lead the conspiracy against Caesar. But neither are able to lead the conspiracy and Rome as a whole. Both Cassius and Brutus are friends of Caesar, Brutus respects and loves Caesar but he believes that he would bring chaos to the state of Rome, in comparison to Cassius whom he despises out of jealously and resents the fact that Caesar shows him no favour and is clearly envious of Caesar's growing power and popularity. In the first Act of the play, Cassius was clearly trying to persuade Brutus into removing Caesar from power, but Brutus is uncertain to do so, as he loves Caesar out of respect. " I would not Cassius, yet I love him well..Set honour in one eye and death I'th' other And I will look on both indifferently.." This shows that Brutus is indecisive of Caesar and is unfazed by Cassius's attempt to manipulate him to conspire against Caesar.
Antony’s level of sarcasm in his speech made it relevantly clear he believed the conspirators were at fault for Caesar’s death. Antony is a politician, he never picks a side, and He has a way of making every one believe they are right even if two different people think two different things. Antony is always wandering, never saying he loves Caesar or Brutus more. Antony declares “If Brutus so unkindly knock’d or no/ For Brutus as you know was Caesar’s angel” (III, ii, 178-179). He makes the plebeian’s think he loves Caesar, then switches sides and says he loves Brutus.
He greatly fears that “the people// [will] choose Caesar for their king” (I.ii.78-79). However, within Brutus’s wrong decisions lie his honorable thoughts and purposes. He presumes to “make// [their] purpose necessary and not envious” (II.i.177-178). Brutus implies that only murderers act out of jealousy, but honorable ones act out of honesty and justice. Influenced by the belief of Brutus disliking Caesar, some may think that the idea of assassinating Caesar is for selfish reasons, or that Brutus has a personal enmity against Caesar.
In lines 90-91 of Act 1, Scene 2, Brutus says, “For let the gods so speed me as I love the name of honor more than I fear death.” This states that not only would Brutus take someone’s life for the good of Rome, he would also give his own. He would rather die with dignity, than run from death. An actual evil man would be Cassius, who cares solely about his own personal needs and nothing else. Brutus, however, was truly in the conspiracy only to benefit Rome. Once Brutus had convinced himself that there was no other way to handle the matter of Caesar’s corruption of power, he refused to hurt anyone else.
The conspirators assassinated Caesar for personal, political, and philosophical reasons. Cassius’ jealousy towards Caesar and desire for power lead him to killing Caesar. Cassius’ jealousy towards Caesar is shown when he says “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?’ why should that name be sounded more than yours” (Shakespeare, 23). Cassius is asking Brutus why Caesar is more famous than him.