I would say that its dramatic significance or purpose is three-fold:
- To set the play in time and place and introduce the character of Caesar through the opinions that common citizens have of him versus the opinions held by two Roman tribunes. The purpose here is exposition.
- It also serves to immediately involve the audience as "actors" in the performance. Julius Caesar , almost more than any other play by Shakespeare, relies upon characters directly addressing the audience, including them in the action as citizens...
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