Julius Caesar

Act One Scene Three

2. Why does Cassius say "I have Exposed my naked chest to the thunder-bolt"? To what could Cassius be referring?

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Cassius knows that Brutus is close to Caesar. Cassius is risking his life by trying to enlist Brutus in the conspiracy. Brutus could easily tell Caesar and that would be the end of Cassius. On another level, Cassius uses the metaphor of lightening. If the Gods are not displeased, do not strike him down with lightening,  it is a message that his motives are pure.