In Julius Caesar, what does the opening call by the crowd, "We will be satisfied. Let us be satisfied!" tell us about their mood?

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When Brutus and Cassius enter the Forum following Caesar's assassination, a crowd of Roman citizens follows them. These people are shocked, confused and deeply disturbed by what has just transpired. They demand to be "satisfied," meaning they demand to know the facts surrounding Caesar's sudden and violent murder by the group of Roman Senators. Brutus and Cassius split up; Brutus stays in the Forum and Cassius goes into a street. The idea is that by splitting up they can talk to more people. At this point, the people do not seem angry or violent with Brutus and Cassius. One Roman says he will stay and listen to Brutus; his companion says he will go and hear Cassius speak so that Cassius' and Brutus' reasons for killing Caesar can then be compared. More than anything else, the Roman citizens seek information and understanding in regard to Caesar's death.

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