Julius Caesar Act II, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

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Lucius: Brutus’ servant

Decius: conspirator who plans to flatter Caesar and bring him to the Senate House

Metellus Cimber and Trebonius: conspirators against Caesar

Portia: wife of Brutus

Caius Ligarius: ill friend of Brutus; the last to join the conspiracy

The setting for the scene is before three o’clock in the morning of the ides of March, and Brutus is alone in his garden. He is unable to sleep. His mind is still disturbed as he wrestles with what to do about Caesar. In a soliloquy, Brutus considers the possibilities. He has no personal feelings against Caesar, yet he must consider the good of Rome. Caesar has not...

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