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Can anyone please explain to me Act ii, scene 1.
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The scene takes place in Brutus' garden. He has received letters from anonymous Romans asking him to awaken to the potential tyranny of Caesar. We the audience know that these are planted by Cassius to incite Brutus to join the conspiracy. As Brutus is reading the letters, Cassius, accompanied by other conspirators, comes to speak to Brutus. They persuade Brutus to join them in their assassination to Caesar, for the good of Roman. After the conspirators leave, Portia questions Brutus about his late nights and sleeplessness. She is upset that Brutus won't share his plans with her, and she even cuts herself to show how strong she is (strong enough to bear his burdens with him). We are left to assume that he relays to her the events of that evening.
This scene allows the audience to see Brutus' character. It also sets the stage for Brutus' tragic flaw and allows for a juxtaposition between Brutus and Portia's relationship with Caesar and Calpurnia's later on.
Posted by writergal06 on September 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM (Answer #1)
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