What are the expostion, complication, foreshadowing, puns, symbols, metaphors, asides, symbols, and/or monologues in Skakespeare's Julius Caesar?Or indirect/direct characterization, dramatic irony...

What are the expostion, complication, foreshadowing, puns, symbols, metaphors, asides, symbols, and/or monologues in Skakespeare's Julius Caesar?

Or indirect/direct characterization, dramatic irony or turning point?

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As you know most of Shakespeare's tragedies are in 5 acts, so the exposition is the first act where characters enter and complications are introduced:  The soothsayer warns Caesar about the Ides of March, but he ignores the seer.  This sets up (complication)   Marullus remarks that Caesar keep the Romans in "servile fearfulness foreshadowing danger to Caesar.  Ironically, Caesar notices that Cassius "has a lean and hungry look (direct characterization)..such men are dangerous I,ii,194-195).

Dramatic irony-The audience, knowing that Caesar will be assasinated watches him set out on the Ides of March.

Pun--I,ii,284    (Casca earlier tells Cicero spoke Greek, then he says "It was Greek to me, which means one doesn't understand and Cicero spoke the Greek language also)

Metaphor-I,ii,300-302 This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit/Which gives men stomach to digest his words/With better appetite     III,i,204 Here wast thou bayed, brave hart (Caesar=deer)  III,i,79

Solioquy-Antony's speech alone over dead Caesar.ll254-275

Monologue-Antony's oration before the Romans:  "Friends, Romans, countrymen...III,ii,74 ff

Indirect  Characterization-"But Brutus is an honorable man/So are they all, all honorable men " (Said with verbal  irony since the audience knows only what has been told them, but Antony knows of the conspiracy.)

aside-Cassius says one thing to Antony in III,i,177, but expresses his true feelings in an aside beginning in line 232

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