What was your reaction to Caesar's Murder?What was your reaction to Caesar's Murder?

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I don't believe the scene is written to elict a reaction.  As an educated audience, you knew before the play started that Caesar was going to die because you would be familiar with the Roman history surrounding the events.  Even if you weren't familiar with the history, you were fully aware that Caesar was going to die exactly when he did; there were no surprises in it.

The killing of Caesar itself isn't designed for a reaction, but the actions of the conspirators afterwards certainly are.  We can question the sanity of their "show of strength" when the smear themselves with blood and parade around town; we can question the sanity of Brutus when he decides it will be ok to let Marc Antony speak for Caesar.  Those are the scenes worthy of reaction.  The assassination itself was just a small plot bump that everyone knew would happen.

I agree, it is sort of mechanical and more rising action than climax.

There is only the one clue of his possible eventual tyranny, killing Flavius and Marullus.

It has the more unraveling sense, like the beginning of the end, like the murder of Duncan in MacBeth. This is the real start of action , not a culmination of anything.  

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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For the audience, it is the cathartic moment of the play. We've been waiting for this moment from the beginning of the play, and now that it has come, the tension that has been building can be released.

Personally, while I don't condone murder, I feel little compassion for Caesar. He should have known that powerful men attract powerful enemies. He knows how the senate feels about losing the republic. He should have known he was walking into trouble. He just wouldn't listen to anybody.

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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I don't believe the scene is written to elict a reaction.  As an educated audience, you knew before the play started that Caesar was going to die because you would be familiar with the Roman history surrounding the events.  Even if you weren't familiar with the history, you were fully aware that Caesar was going to die exactly when he did; there were no surprises in it.

The killing of Caesar itself isn't designed for a reaction, but the actions of the conspirators afterwards certainly are.  We can question the sanity of their "show of strength" when the smear themselves with blood and parade around town; we can question the sanity of Brutus when he decides it will be ok to let Marc Antony speak for Caesar.  Those are the scenes worthy of reaction.  The assassination itself was just a small plot bump that everyone knew would happen.

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