The play actually opens in Act I scene 1 with an example of repression, as Flavius and Murellus attempt to stop the commoners from celebrating Caesar's triumph and send them back to work. They also disrobe the statues that are clothed in a tribute to Caesar. The commoners are presented as just celebrating for no reason, without understanding the significance of Caesar's victory, which Flavius and Murellus are well aware of. Note what Murellus says to the commoners to repress their desire to praise Caesar and enjoy a holiday:
Be gone!Run to your houses, fall upon your knees,Pray to the gods to intermit the plagueThat needs must light on this ingratitude.