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What is a good thesis for Act 4 of Julius Caesar? 

For example, this one is for Act 3 

In Julius Caesar, Antony demonstrates his respect towards Julius Caesar by speaking at his funeral and by turning the plebeians against the conspirators. 

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Posted January 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM (Answer #1)

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Scene I

  • In the midst of a civil war, the triumvirate of Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus demonstrate the corrupting nature of power as they devise ways to cheat the Romans of money from Caesar's will, and they decide which of their political enemies should die.
  • After Lepidus leaves, Antony argues with Octavius over the usefulness of the other leader, disparaging him as a "slight unmeritable man" while Octavius contends that he is a "tried and valiant soldier," and the snide Antony retorts, "So is my horse."

Scene II

  • When Pindarus brings Brutus news that his master Cassius approaches, Brutus tells Pindarus, that the approach of Cassius causes him to regret having assassinated Caesar,

 Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
Things done undone; but if he be at hand, (4.2.8-9)

  • When Cassius arrives, he and Brutus begin to argue.

Scene III

  • The argument between Cassius and Brutus becomes rather contentious as Cassius, whose friend Lucius Pella has been punished for taking bribes, was not released from punishment by Brutus after he ignored letters that Cassius wrote in the man’s defense.
  • Cassius draws his sword as their tempers flare and Brutus tells him "I do not like your faults."  Finally, Cassius offers his dagger for Brutus to slay him because he no longer loves Brutus.
  • Amidst this argument, Brutus learns that Portia has died.
  • Titinius and Messala enter with news that the triumvirate are marching to Philippi.  Cassius suggests that they should rest and let the enemy  move toward them, but Brutus feels their troops should move first and argues for the pull of fate while Cassius later expresses that fate in not in their favor,

There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.(4.3.244-250)

  • Rather than becoming united in their leadership, Brutus and Cassius find themselves separating and the ghost of Caesar appears as evidence of the guilt of Brutus.

Therefore: THESIS: In Act IV of Julius Caesar amid civil strife, the corrupting effects of power and the moral flaws and personal dissension of the principal characters Marc Antony, Brutus, and Cassius are illuminated.

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