In Act 1, Scene 2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, what information does Casca tell about Caesar?

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adandrews eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Casca explains to Brutus and Cassius what happened when Caesar was offered a symbolic crown, how he refused it three times to the cheers of the crowd, and how Casca believes his refusal was not sincere: "but, for all that, to my thinking, he would fain have had it." 

He then goes on to explain that Caesar fell to the ground, shaking and foaming at the mouth. "He fell down in the marketplace, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless." Brutus and Cassius explain it is epilepsy, which they refer to as "the falling sickness."

Casca explains that the crowds easily forgave Caesar for his odd behavior, and suggests they would have forgiven him for murdering their mothers, they adored him so. "Three or four wenches where I stood cried, 'Alas, good soul!' and forgave him with all their hearts. But there’s no heed to be taken of them. If Caesar had stabbed their mothers they would have done no less."

We can infer from those comments that Casca is not Caesar's biggest fan... or a fan at all. In the end Cassius invites Casca for dinner sometime, and the audience can assume it is in an attempt to get Casca on the "Down with Caesar!" bandwagon.

thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Casca told Brutus about how Antony offered Caesar a crown three times, but he pushed it away. Antony's gesture and Caesar’s reaction were symbolic. Antony was offering Caesar an opportunity to become an emperor or dictator, but Caesar refused to yield to the symbolic gesture. Casca, however, suggested that Caesar's refusal of the crown was insincere. Brutus, on the other hand, was trying to ascertain that Caesar was ambitious and was going to damn the republic by accepting the status of dictator.

Casca further informed Brutus and Cassius about Caesar’s fall during the ceremony. Brutus suggested that Caesar had epilepsy because he foamed at the mouth and went speechless when he fell. According to Casca, Cicero made a remark about it in Greek, insinuating the remark was demeaning towards Caesar. However, members of the public forgave Caesar for the situation after he shrugged it off as infirmity.

Contrast Marc Antony and Brutus