‘Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;’

‘Let me have men about me that are fat
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o’nights:
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks to much: such men are dangerous.’

I believe that the worst and most corrupt character in the play is Cassius. Not only is he the leader of the conspirators but he also recruits new members. He is controlling, jealous and selfish and is questioned by most characters in the play. Shakespeare has portrayed him as a dominating character whom longs for power.

Throughout the play many characters question Cassius’ loyalty and honesty. Some of these characters include Caesar, Antony and even Brutus. They question this because they know he can manipulate people easily. For example, Cassius easily manipulated Brutus to join the conspiracy and betray his friend. This is a dangerous trait that did not play out to Cassius’ favor.

Cassius can also be described as corrupt as he yearns for power and will not be controlled by anyone or anything. He dislikes dictatorships, unless he is the dictator. Therefore he wants to assassinate Caesar so Rome will return to a democracy and he will be equally leading the city.

‘I was born free as Caesar. So were you.
We both have fed as well, and we can both
Endure the winter’s cold as well as he.’
In this quote Cassius is telling Brutus that Caesar is no greater than you or I. We are all equal. He does not deserve to rule us and dictate all of Rome. This quote proves that Cassius is not fond of Caesar and would like Rome to be a democratic city.
In Conclusion, I believe Cassius is the worst and most corrupt character as he is manipulative, dishonest and disloyal. He lives for power and prosperity and would do anything to achieve this. These characteristics make him corrupt and therefore resulting in him being the most corrupt character in the play.




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