Julius Caesar Act I, Scene 3: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene 3: Summary and Analysis

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Cicero: a Roman senator and orator

Cinna: a conspirator against Caesar

Summary
It is the night before the ides of March, and a terrible storm is raging. A frightened Casca, with his sword drawn, meets Cicero on a Roman street. Casca describes to Cicero all the unusual things he has witnessed: heaven “dropping fire,” a man with his hand ablaze but not burning, a lion in the Capitol, an owl hooting in the marketplace at noon, and men on fire walking through the streets. Casca interprets all these signs to mean either the gods are engaged in civil war, or they are determined to destroy Rome. They mention Caesar’s plans to be at the Capitol in the morning, and...

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