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In Julius Caesar, what request do the conspirators make just before killing Caesar?

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Posted March 25, 2011 at 4:37 AM via web

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In Julius Caesar, what request do the conspirators make just before killing Caesar?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 27, 2011 at 8:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The answer to this question can be found in Act III scene 1 of this play. The conspirators gather to ask for clemency for the brother of Metellus. Note how Brutus presents the plea:

I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Caesar,

Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may

Have an immediate freedom of repeal.

Publius Cimber was banished by Caesar, as we are told by Metellus, and it is clear that the conspirators are using this as a test to demonstrate Caesar's despotism and the unyielding nature of his power. It is his response, stating how he is as "constant as the Northern Star," that triggers the ire of the conspirators and leads to Caesar's assassination. He shows himself to be inflexible and unyielding--precisely the qualities that Brutus and the other conspirators are so concerned about.

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