What are the main events in Acts 1 to 3 of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare?

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 Act 1, Scene 1: Tribunes worry about growing power of Caesar.

 Act I, Scene 2: Caesar celebrates triumph, Cassius tries to persuade Brutus to join conspiracy. Soothsayer warns Caesar to:

“Beware the ides of March.” (March 15)

 Act I, Scene 3: There is a dramatic storm  on the night of March 14. Casca describes frightening omens to Cicero. Cassius, Casca, and Cinna are involved in conspiracy to overthrow Caesar and still trying to persuade the well-respected Brutus to join them.

Act II, Scene 1: Brutus finally decides to join conspiracy.

 Act II, Scene 2: Ides of March have arrived. Caesar is debating whether, despite his wife's dreams and other disturbing omens, he should go to the forum. He decides to go.

 Act II, Scenes 3 and 4: Artemidorus attempts to warn Caesar. Portia is worried about her husband Brutus.

Act III, Scene 1: Conspirators kill Caesar but not Anthony.

 Act III, Scenes 2 and 3: After death of Caesar, Brutus speaks to crowd and explains why it was necessary to kill Caesar to preserve the Republic. Next is Marc Anthony's famous speech which turns the crowd against the conspirators. It begins:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones;


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