In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in Act I, Cassius tells Brutus that when Caesar returned to Rome after defeating Pompey, he is given a crown to wear, but he refuses it. Nonetheless, Marc Antony replaces it upon his head for Caesar to refuse it again to the laudatory shouts of the crowd. Again, Antony attempts to place the laurel on Caesar's head, and again Caesar dramatically refuses it. His actions here indicate that he makes a show of his refusal and loves the adulation that accompanies his demonstration of humility. Later, in Act II when Calpurnia tells her husband of her dream and begs him to not "go forth today" to the Senate, he concedes, saying,
Marc Antony shall say I am not well,
And, for thy humor, I will stay at home. (II,ii,58-59)
However, after one of the conspirators, Decius arrives, he tells Caesar that the Senate has decided to give him a crown; however, if he decides to not go today, they may change their minds, Decius cautions Caesar. Also, Decius suggests,...
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