Julius Caesar Act III, Scenes 2 and 3: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scenes 2 and 3: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Plebeians: Roman citizens at Caesar’s funeral

Servant: messenger from Octavius

Cinna the Poet: a poet with the same name as one of the conspirators

Summary
The setting is in the marketplace at Caesar’s funeral shortly after his death. The agitated crowd demands an explanation for Caesar’s assassination. Cassius leaves with some of the crowd to give his version of why Caesar was killed, while Brutus remains behind with the others to give his own account of the events. Brutus explains that although he was Caesar’s friend, and loved him, Caesar was ambitious and had to be killed for the good of Rome. If allowed to live, Caesar would have made slaves...

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