What is significant about the way Caesar opens the senatorial session?

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Caesar opens the senatorial session in Act III Scene I by saying, "Are we all ready?  What is now amiss that Caesar and his Senate must redress?"  The significance of this bit of dialogue is that Caesar is referring to the senate as belonging to him.  This is an indirect way of saying that he believes himself to be above the Republic of Rome and, therefore, more powerful than the body of senators who assist him.  This very attitude is what the conspirators fear most about Caesar.  They believe his ambition will eventually cause him to become a tyrant, and that particular phrase almost foreshadows what may come if Caesar were to remain in power.

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