How does act 2, scene 3 of Julius Caesar add to the suspense of the play?

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In Julius Caesar, the action builds to the title character’s assassination at the beginning of Act 4. As the audience would have known that this was coming, the author must create suspense to keep their interest. Numerous previous warnings and omens in the play have fueled our anticipation that something will befall Caesar soon.

Scene 3 consists entirely of 16 lines, with one man reading from a piece of paper. Artemidorus reads a set of warnings addressed to Caesar which include “beware of Brutus,” not to trust Trebonius, and various forms of advice to watch out for or stay away from Cassius, Casca, and Cinna. Decius Brutus and Caius Ligarius are also similarly named. All of them are united, the letter says, in opposing and conspiring against Caesar. We see that Artemidorus is worried that they will kill him when he says that if Caesar is not immortal, he needs to be careful.

It turns out that he has written these warnings himself and plans to stand there and give the letter to Caesar when he comes along. Coupled with the preceding line about not being immortal, his final lines that Caesar’s life could depend on getting the letter add to the suspense. Will Artemidorus get the warning to him? If not, he says, the Fates will help the traitors.

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In Act II of "Julius Caesar," suspense is enhanced with the action of the short scene because again there is interplay of fate and choice.  Artemidorus, a teacher and dear friend of Caesar's, who is also a friend of some of the conspirators, has learned of the plot against Caesar.  Therefore, he has written a letter which warns Ceasar of the plot, naming the conspirators.  When Caesar passes on this day, the Ides of March, Artemidorus plans to hand Caesar his paper as a suitor looking for a political favor.  Suggesting this very interplay of fate and choice, Artemidorus says,

If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayest live;/If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive. (II,iii,14-15)

Here, for Caesar, is an opportunity for him to defy the Fates if he only read the letter. 

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