At the end of Act 1, scene 1 of Julius Caeser, Flavius compares Caesar to bird. Why?

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Flavius, like his friend Marcellus, is disgusted by the plebs' public signs of acclamation for Caesar. They fear that all this adulation will go to his head and that in due course he'll destroy the Republic and declare himself king of Rome. So Flavius urges Marcellus to join with him in driving Caesar's supporters from the streets—his "feathers"—so that he won't become too powerful.

Flavius knows that Caesar's power depends upon the love and support of the ordinary people of Rome. If he and the other aristocrats are to prevent Caesar from becoming king and making slaves out of free Romans, then they need to start displaying their social superiority. They need to impose themselves on the plebs, driving the "vulgar" from the streets, and getting them to return to work. By removing Caesar's "feathers" in this way, they will, it is hoped, clip his wings.

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In Act 1, Scene 1 of the play two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, are going around the streets pulling down decorations that have been hung on Caesar's statues in his honor. Their confrontation with a large group of plebians dramatizes the growing popularity of Caesar and a growing resentment and opposition to him among some of the aristocracy. Flavius compares the scarves, or ornaments, or decorations they are pulling down to feathers being plucked from a bird in order to keep it from flying too high, i.e., to keep Caesar from aspiring to become a monarch.

In Act 1, Scene 2, Casca tells Cassius and Brutus: "I could tell you more news, too. Murellus and Flavius, for pulling scarves off Caesar's images, are put to silence" (deprived of their tribuneships and exiled).

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