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Why Did Brutus Kill Caesar

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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Identify and explain the cobbler's puns in Julius Caesar.

Flavius and Murellus are annoyed that the commoners have decided to dress in their finest clothes and take a holiday to celebrate Julius Caesar, an unnerving idea that suggests the common people...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 4:09 pm UTC

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What three omens does Casca describe in Act 1 of Julius Caesar?

In act 1, scene 3, Casca has a conversation with Cicero, where he describes several omens that he witnessed throughout the night. Initially, Casca tells Cicero that he's never seen such a terrible...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 2:30 pm UTC

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What does Cassius mean when he says that "the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves" in Julius Caesar?

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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Why does Antony say that “the evil that men do lives after them?” Or in other words, exactly what does this statement...

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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What is an example of a person vs. supernatural conflict from Julius Caesar?

The play contains many examples of superstitions and warnings of doom. A person vs. supernatural conflict is a conflict between a character and something that is not normal in some way....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2016 3:18 am UTC

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What are some character traits of Mark Antony in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?

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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"Men at some time are masters of their fates; the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we...

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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What is the significance of Brutus' last words?   His last words are: "Caesar, now be still, / I killed not thee...

Shakespeare wanted to make it seem that the spirit of Caesar was influential throughout the entire play, even though he was assassinated in the third act. Evidently this was because the play was...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 12:56 pm UTC

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How does Cassius convince Brutus to join the conspiracy?

In act one, scene two, Cassius tells Brutus to let him be his "glass," meaning his mirror to better see himself. He then proceeds to interpret, for Brutus, all of Brutus's reactions to what they...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 6:25 pm UTC

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In Julius Caesar, how is the role of Caesar's ghost in Act IV important in the third scene? That is, what does this...

In "Julius Caesar," the role of Caesar's ghost is similar to that of ghosts in "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"; that is, the apparition stirs the conscience of the character who sees it and portends further...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2009 11:10 am UTC

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In the play Julius Caesar, how did Cassius persuade Brutus to join the conspiracy?

Cassius attempts to convince Brutus to join the conspriacy in a couple of ways, though the more effective way is through deception. First, during the feast of Luprical in the first act, Claudius...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2009 3:34 am UTC

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Brutus Soliloquy

Marcus Brutus has many admirable qualities. He is forthright, honest, sensitive, and intelligent. On the other hand, Brutus also displays character flaws that create problems for the assassins....

Latest answer posted January 15, 2013 7:35 am UTC

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In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar,  Act 2, Scene 1, Brutus is at war with himself about the assassination of...

'It must be by his death"-- In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene i, Brutus ruminates about the killing of Caesar. Brutus earlier agrees to meet with Cassius to discuss the conspiracy and...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2012 9:32 pm UTC

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Why Did Brutus Want To Kill Caesar

The main reason why Brutus believes that Caesar must die has to do with the people crowning Caesar as king; he believes that Caesar will have too much power, and may use this power in ways that...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2008 8:33 am UTC

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Why did Julius Caesar refuse the crown thrice in Julius Caesar?

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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What is the meaning of the following quote from Julius Caesar?: "There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken...

This quotation is from a discussion about military strategy between Brutus and Cassius. In it, Brutus is speaking to advocate attacking Octavian at Philippi. He argues that this would be the ideal...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 9:37 pm UTC

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What 3 main decisions led to Brutus's downfall in Julius Caesar?

Brutus's first terrible decision was choosing not to Cassius when he suggested that they kill Mark Antony. Cassius realizes that Antony is fiercely loyal to Julius Caesar and believes that he will...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017 10:54 am UTC

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What are two examples of dramatic irony in Julius Caesar?

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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What was Brutus speech in Julius Caesar basically saying?  

In his speech Brutus is inadvertently revealing his own tragic flaw. He is a noble man but unfortunately a supreme egotist. His speech is crowded with the words "I" and "me." For example: As...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 5:59 pm UTC

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Contrast The Relationship Between Caesar And Calpurnia With The Relationship Between Brutus And Portia. What Do The...

In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, there are only two women characters: Calpurnia, Caesar’s wife, and Portia, the wife of Brutus. Both women beg there men for something that they do not receive....

Latest answer posted May 12, 2013 3:51 pm UTC

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How does Cassius persuade Brutus against Caesar in Julius Caesar?

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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What does Brutus mean by his final words: "Caesar, now be still: I kill'd not thee with half so good a will."

Brutus says that he feels more justified in killing himself than he was in killing Caesar. When Brutus walked in his garden in Act II as he attempted to reach a decision about what should be done...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016 3:09 am UTC

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How does Decius persuade Caesar to go to the Senate House?  

Decius knows that Julius Caesar really wants to go to the Senate House because he is expecting the senators to make him a king. The only obstacle to getting Caesar to go is his wife Calpurnia. She...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2016 4:34 pm UTC

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Comment on the use of irony in Antony's speech in Act III of Julius Caesar.

Antony uses much verbal irony (says one thing but means another as an indirect means of persuasion). His overall goal is to rally the people behind him, his words, and Caesar, but Antony says just...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2010 2:35 am UTC

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Give a summary of Mark Antony's speech in Julius Caesar, mentioning some persuasive techniques found in it.

Mark Antony’s speech begins by appealing to the crowd first personally, then patriotically (“Friends, Romans, countrymen” as opposed to Brutus, who put country first with “Romans, countrymen and...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 1:55 am UTC

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Why does Cassius want Brutus to join the conspiracy?

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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What reason does Brutus give to join the conspiracy against Julius Caesar?

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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How does Mark Antony feel about Caesar's death?

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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Why does Cassius want Antony killed, and why does Brutus wish to spare his life?

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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In Julius Caesar, what are Cassius' feelings toward Caesar? What does he want of Brutus?

Cassius certainly does not fear expressing his sentiments about Caesar and he does so with particular relish during his conversation with Brutus in Act l, scene ll. He clearly sees Caesar as weak...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2017 11:56 am UTC

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What happened to Marullus and Flavius in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare?

The Feast of the Lupercal is celebrated on February 15, 44 B. C. in Rome. This is the setting for the beginning of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. There is another reason for celebration....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2012 6:44 pm UTC

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What is the moral lesson from Julius Caesar?

The lesson from this play is that arrogance can have deadly results. Julius Caesar died because he was arrogant. Arrogance is about more than having a high opinion of yourself. It means that you...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 6:14 am UTC

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How is the purpose of Anthony's speech achieved with figurative language? Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Marc Antony's funeral oration after Caear's assassination is given with two intents: It is meant to disprove what Brutus says about Caesar's being ambitious It is meant to turn the people against...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2010 1:55 pm UTC

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"Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." Brutus says this as he justifies to the Romans why they...

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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Compare Brutus and Cassius. How are they the same, and how are they different? Compare and contrast the two...

Brutus and Cassius are leading members of the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar when he attends the Senate on the ides of March. Both are prominent men in Roman public life with a correspondingly...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2020 10:51 am UTC

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Why does Brutus kill himself in the end of Julius Caesar?

Brutus' driving force throughout the entire play was his love for Rome and his desire to better it. Toward the end of the play, Brutus comes to realize that the citizens of Rome are unhappy with...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2014 2:36 am UTC

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What is an example of parallelism in Brutus' speech?

Parallelism involves the use of constructs in a sentence that are similar grammatically. This literary tool is used to enhance rhythm and balance in statements in order to make them persuasive and...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2015 9:08 am UTC

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In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, who were the conspirators?

On March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of Roman senators. William Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar based on the facts told by Plutarch, the historian. The assassination...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2013 12:44 pm UTC

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What are some metaphors in Act 1 of Julius Caesar?

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is about the political intrigue surrounding the assassination of the Roman dictator in 44 B.C. The main characters include Caesar, his ally Marc Antony and the main...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 6:03 pm UTC

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Feast Of Lupercal

One of the most obvious and official celebrations which takes place in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is the Feast of Lupercal. This feast began in ancient times as both a religious...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2014 7:59 pm UTC

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In Julius Caesar, what is Mark Antony's funeral speech saying in Modern English? How does the speech relate to this...

Marc Antony's funeral oration is marked by his use of reverse psychology as he announces the opposite of his intentions in his speech to the Romans. In this way, he effectively achieves his goal of...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2015 8:33 am UTC

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Which reason does Brutus give to justify killing Caesar?    

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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What stories about Caesar does Cassius tell Brutus in Act 1, Scene ii of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare?

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare begins on February 15, 44 B.C. on the Feast of the Lupercal. On this holiday, Caesar will be out in the streets of Rome to be acknowledged by the people and...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2013 1:23 am UTC

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What are Julius Caesar's strengths and weaknesses?

Julius Caesar, as Shakespeare presents him, is a powerful, charismatic leader, and brilliant military tactician, whose victories have inspired "the masses" with pride in Roman rule. He is able to...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018 3:52 am UTC

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What was in Caesar's will for the Roman citizens in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare?

In Act III, Scene ii, of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Marc Antony gives his powerful funeral oration for Julius Caesar. His purpose was to expose the assassins as murderers and to incite...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012 4:02 am UTC

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Please explain the humor in Act I, Scene i, in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare wrote his plays for a 16th century audience. The people who attended the plays were loud and coarse, and they thoroughly expected to be entertained. Consequently, Shakespeare...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2012 6:32 am UTC

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What is Calpurnia's dream and how does Caesar react when she shares it with him in Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene 2?

At the beginning of act 2, scene 2 Calpurnia sees Caesar getting ready to leave their home. She questions his desire to go and tells him that he should stay. She informs him that many portentous...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2017 10:31 am UTC

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What role does the supernatural play in Julius Caesar?

From act 1 on, creepy sightings foretell a world out of joint. Casca, for example, runs into Cicero in act 1, scene 3, and describes to him some of the supernatural events he has recently...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019 6:47 pm UTC

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How does Portia convince Brutus to disclose his secret to her? What do you think their relationship is like, built...

Portia's persuasiveness depends on the close emotional relationship she and Brutus enjoy in their marriage, and she is able to make Brutus feel guilty for not sharing with her the burden he...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018 9:58 am UTC

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