The first scene of the play is devoted mainly to the common people. What impression does the scene give of their attitude and outlook?
COBBLER: Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself into
more work. But indeed, sir, we make holiday, to see Caesar
and to rejoice in his triumph. (I.i.31-3)
The common people are lingering in the street when they should be working. They are eager to see Caesar's triumph, as they consider him a hero. Caesar is returning to Rome after Pompey's death, and Marullus scolds the commoners that they had once cheered Pompey the way they cheer Caesar now. It is clear that the heart of the populace is with Caesar, and that the politics and machinations of the senators are not as important to them as their hero-worship of Caesar.
FLAVIUS: Go, go, good countrymen, and, for this fault,
Assemble all the poor men of your sort,
Draw them to Tiber banks, and weep your tears(60)
Into the channel, till the lowest stream
Do kiss the most exalted shores of all. (I.i.58-62)
Flavius tells the commoners to repent for their fickleness, and to grieve over Pompey's death. The commoners leave quietly, but it is clear that their minds will not be changed.