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Julius Caesar

The puns on the word "cobbler" and the practice of cobbling can be found in the very first scene of the play. They serve to indicate how poorly Marullus and Flavius understand the common people of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2021, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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Cassius makes his arguments as to why Brutus should join the plot to assassinate Caesar in Act One, Scene Two. Cassius realizes that Brutus is respected by the citizens of Rome, and having Brutus...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2017, 9:36 am (UTC)

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Cassius's letters to Brutus are all aimed to manipulate him into joining the conspiracy to kill Caesar. Note, first of all, that they are all forgeries. At the end of act 1, scene 2, Cassius...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020, 4:31 am (UTC)

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In act 2, scene 2, Calpurnia pleads with Caesar not to travel to the Senate on account of poor omens and her prophetic dream, successfully swaying him with her pleas. This changes, however, with...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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This statement by Antony appears in act 3, scene 2 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Caesar has been assassinated by Brutus, Cassius, and the conspirators in the previous scene, and Antony is now...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2021, 8:05 pm (UTC)

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In act 1, scene 3, Casca comes running breathlessly to announce that he has seen something so tempestuous and alarming that he believes the gods have been incensed to "send destruction." Cicero is...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2021, 11:37 am (UTC)

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At the end of act 4, scene 3, Caesar's ghost appears to Brutus. It is time for bed, but Brutus is troubled. He asks Lucius to play the lute for him, but Lucius soon falls asleep. Brutus doesn't...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2021, 1:05 am (UTC)

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Cassius successfully persuades Brutus into joining the conspirators by appealing to his honorable character and portraying Julius Caesar as an ambitious, undeserving politician, who will eventually...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2020, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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Shakespeare uses storms to portend or foreshadow coming events and to set the tone or atmosphere for a scene. As other Educators have noted and discussed, the storm in act 1, scene 3 of Julius...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020, 1:23 am (UTC)

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Cassius convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy by appealing to his honorable nature and arguing that Rome should not be ruled by one man. Cassius recognizes that Brutus is an honorable politician,...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021, 11:25 am (UTC)

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In act 1, scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Cassius is talking with Brutus on a street in Rome, trying to discover what's troubling Brutus, when a crowd of Roman citizens in another...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2021, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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Caesar's generosity to the common people of Rome, the plebs, shows just why they loved him so much. According to Mark Antony, the late dictator has bequeathed in his will the princely sum of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021, 11:38 am (UTC)

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According to Brutus, Portia committed suicide because she missed her husband and was worried about Mark Antony’s and Octavius’ increasing power and authority. Their new found status increased the...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2017, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Julius Caesar doesn't pay any attention to the various warnings he receives, with fatal consequences. Caesar's a proud man—certainly much too proud to refrain from going to the Senate on the Ides...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2021, 10:47 am (UTC)

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There are several reasons for Brutus to kill himself at the end of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. He has been defeated in battle by the enemy, who will treat him brutally if he survives, probably...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2021, 11:05 am (UTC)

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Caesar and Calpurnia seem to have a more traditional marriage by Roman standards. Caesar is the public figure who goes out into the world while Calpurnia's influence is limited to the home. By...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021, 11:12 am (UTC)

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One moral lesson found in Julius Caesar is the danger of putting too much trust in the wrong people. Julius Caesar believes that he can trust his friend Brutus. When Caesar returns from defeating...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2021, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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In act 2, scene 1, Caesar tells Antony, who is running a foot race, to touch Calpurnia, Caesar's wife, because the elders say that if an infertile woman is touched during this race, she will become...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018, 7:17 pm (UTC)

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The previous answers both link to the theme of 'public good versus personal benefit'. Brutus kills a friend for the sake of Rome. He puts his country's needs before his own. Another theme that...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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Brutus is depicted as an extremely noble, selfless man who is manipulated by Cassius to join the conspirators and participates in Julius Caesar's assassination. Following Caesar's assassination,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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Shakespeare employs ghosts and apparitions frequently in his writings, especially of characters murdered or wronged by their deaths. These ghosts generally have a twofold purpose: to haunt the...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2021, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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Brutus offers the audience insight into what motivates him to join the conspirators in assassinating Julius Caesar in act 2, scene 1. When Lucius exits, Brutus contemplates murdering Caesar and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018, 9:15 pm (UTC)

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The purpose of a soliloquy is usually to display the inner conflict of a character debating with himself. In Brutus's case, this conflict is so thoroughly resolved that, while at the beginning of...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2021, 12:13 pm (UTC)

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Brutus is motivated by noble intentions in joining the assassination plot against his good friend Julius Caesar. This doesn't make his involvement in murder and treachery any more justifiable, but...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020, 11:37 am (UTC)

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As Julius Caesar opens, Caesar is at the height of his power and prestige, while his enemies are already looking to ensure his destruction. Brutus is already concerned that Caesar is on a path...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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Brutus makes a sound argument. He was close to Caesar, and he wrestled over the decision to assassinate him. Brutus asserts that he possesses honor, but wisely tells the people at the funeral to...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016, 6:39 am (UTC)

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Cassius feels that Brutus would be a useful member of the conspiracy, for more than one reason. First, he is close to Brutus, and feels he will be able to convince him of the value of the idea. He...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018, 4:15 pm (UTC)

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Cassius is a better judge of human character than Brutus, as the events in the play reveal. Brutus is an idealist. He has an honest, generous character and expects other men to be the same. When he...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2016, 1:39 pm (UTC)

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Marc Antony is a strong-willed man. The successful plot to murder Caesar, who was his beloved friend and a man he admired, deeply angered him. He is especially angered that Brutus, a man he thought...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020, 2:33 am (UTC)

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Three decisions that lead to Brutus's downfall include his involvement in the conspiracy to kill Caesar, his refusal to kill Mark Antony, and the fact that he allowed Antony to address the people...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021, 11:27 am (UTC)

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As act 2 of Julius Caesar begins, the audience finds Brutus torn between two conflicting loyalties. One concerns his personal feelings versus his civic duty. The other involves his vision of Rome...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 4:53 am (UTC)

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Brutus does not want to swear an oath because this would lessen the nobility of their endeavor. As honorable and honest men—good Romans all, they are pledging themselves to commit an honorable...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2008, 7:57 pm (UTC)

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You have a good idea for a paper here, and there are ample examples in the play from which you can draw to support your claims. The one thing that could be altered is the formality of your...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016, 5:47 pm (UTC)

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Brutus decides to join the conspiracy against Caesar after his realization to the fact that the Roman Republican government was in great danger. Caesar had himself declared himself dictator for...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2008, 10:53 pm (UTC)

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When Mark Antony enters the scene after Caesar's death, the very first thing he asks the conspirators is if they plan to kill him, too. He also shows his devotion to Caesar by asserting that there...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016, 10:14 am (UTC)

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Two examples of dramatic irony occur (1) in Act II, Scene 2 with Calpurnia's dream, which spurs her to plead with Caesar not to go to the Senate, and (2) in Act III, Scene 1. Much of the action of...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016, 7:18 am (UTC)

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Brutus is the protagonist of the play because his tragic flaws drive the action, and his actions dominate the play. In contrast, by the end of act 3, scene 1, about halfway through the play, Caesar...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2021, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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Marc Antony's speech at Caesar's funeral is a brilliant example of persuasion. Since the conspirators were largely reluctant to have him speak anyway due to his allegiance to Caesar, he has to be...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2021, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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Julius Caesar refused the crown because he did not want the people to think he was a king. During the Feast of Lupercal, Brutus and Cassius are told by Casca that the cheering they overheard was...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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Antony may be using sarcasm in his references to Brutus, but he really does regard Brutus as an honorable man. Evidence of Brutus's honorable character is obvious in the fact that he is permitting...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2012, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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There are some obvious similarities between the deaths of Brutus and Cassius. Both die on the field of battle, having been forced into retreat, and both regard death as vastly preferable to being...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2013, 6:02 pm (UTC)

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In act 3, scene 2, there are actually two speeches. The first is given by Brutus and the second by Antony. In the initial speech, Brutus states that Caesar was killed for the interest of Rome....

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020, 8:21 am (UTC)

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In act 2, scene 1, Brutus explains his reasoning for sparing Antony's life by stating that he does not want to appear like an envious butcher and wishes to be viewed as a valiant "purger." Brutus's...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021, 5:05 pm (UTC)

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In Shakespeare's classic play Julius Caesar, Brutus does not want Caesar to become king, because he desires to preserve the republic and fears Caesar will tyrannize Rome once he is crowned. Brutus...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2021, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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Cassius is trying to convince Brutus to kill Caesar by telling him that it is their fault if they let him lead. At this point, Cassius is the leader of the conspiracy. When he makes this speech to...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016, 3:07 am (UTC)

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In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Antony goes on to say, just after the lines you quote, that if he were Brutus [if he possessed the speaking abilities that Brutus does] he would rile the crowd up to...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010, 4:05 am (UTC)

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In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, written in about 1599 and first performed in September of that same year, Shakespeare identifies eight of the more than sixty historical conspirators against...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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Mark Antony was devoted to Julius Caesar. He loved him as if he were his own father. He disguises his feelings when he is meeting with the conspirators after the assassination, but when he is alone...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016, 3:17 pm (UTC)

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The conspirators believe that it is necessary to convince Brutus to join their plot to assassinate Julius Caesar for several reasons. The senators are aware that Julius Caesar trusts Brutus and...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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Mark Antony becomes so angry at Brutus for killing Caesar that he mocks the idea that Brutus is an "honorable man," speaking with such sarcasm in front of the crowd after the assassination that he...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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