In Julius Caesar, who is Lucius?
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Lucius is a servant to Brutus. He finds an anonymous note in Brutus's private quarters and gives it to his master. The note urges Brutus to "Speak, strike, redress!" (II.i.47). In the camp at Sardis, Lucius plays a song for Brutus at Brutus's request.
In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Lucius is Brutus' servant, a young boy who is introduced to the audience at the beginning of Act II, Scene I, when his master summons him, having awaken in the night and unsure of the time. Brutus orders Lucius to retrieve a candle so that they may be light. Brutus is clearly occupied with the matter of Caesar's growing political strength and with the latter's increasing sense of megalomania. Lucius informs Brutus that he has discovered a note where there had not previously been one, and Brutus inquires as to whether the next day will be "the ides of March," the time prophesied by a citizen/soothsayer who confronted Caesar with this mysterious warning in Act I. To his master's inquiry, Lucius responds, "Sir, March is wasted fourteen days," meaning the ides of March are upon them. Later, in Act II, Scene IV, Lucius will play a more meaningful part in the play, as Brutus' wife Portia dispatches the servant to the capitol to observe the situation there, as Portia fears the chain of events that may be set in motion.
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