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What is a summary of Julius Caesar.

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At the beginning of the play, Julius Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March" by a soothsayer, who foreshadows his assassination later in the play. Cassius then proceeds to convince Brutus to join the conspirators to assassinate Caesar. The conspirators fear that Julius Caesar will disband the Senate and rule Rome as a dictator. Cassius attempts to persuade Brutus into believing that Caesar is ambitious and will eventually become a tyrant if given the opportunity. Brutus struggles with his decision to join the conspirators but eventually decides that it is necessary to murder Caesar in order to protect the Roman populace from tyranny. Despite Calphurnia's attempts to make her husband stay home, Caesar decides to travel to the Capitol, where he is brutally murdered by Brutus and the other conspirators. Brutus then allows Marc Antony to give Caesar's funeral oration and Antony proceeds to incite the masses to rebel against the conspirators. After inciting a riot, Antony joins Octavius and Lepidus to form the Second Triumvirate. Antony and Octavius then defeat Brutus and Cassius's forces at the Battle of Philippi. Towards the end of the battle, both Cassius and Brutus commit suicide. After winning the battle, Antony refers to Brutus as "the noblest Roman of them all" and Octavius becomes the emperor of Rome.

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I can give you a brief overview of the play, but I strongly suggest you go to the link below to get the full description of the events and characters.

Caesar's ambition to become the ruler of Rome is interpreted by some as his desire to be a king or a dictator. Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March" from the beginning. Brutus, Cassius, and others secretly conspire to assassinate Caesar on the aforementioned date. Marc Antony comes to Caesar's defense after Brutus tells the crowd that Caesar's ambition would have ruined Rome. It is then that Antony gives his famous speech beginning with "Friends, Romans, and countrymen...". The remainder of the play is spent on the battlefields between the conspirators's forces and the forces of Antony. In the end, all of the conspirators are killed for their betrayal.

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rituwazirchand | Student

an overwhelming sense of ingratitude actually killed Caesar more then the attack.He could endure the attack but when he saw that his best friend had betrayed him,his heart broke & he fell down.