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Actions of Lucius that help unfold the plot in Julius Caesar


Lucius, Brutus's servant in Julius Caesar, helps unfold the plot by delivering messages and performing tasks that advance the story. He brings Brutus the letter that spurs him into joining the conspiracy against Caesar and later alerts Brutus to the arrival of the conspirators, ensuring that key events occur on schedule.

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What actions of Lucius help the plot of Julius Caesar unfold?

Lucius is Brutus' servant, probably a young boy (judging by the way Brutus refers to him) and, looking at the play for his appearances, oddly enough, Lucius doesn't perform any actions which actually drive the plot forward.

In the orchard scene with Brutus, he gives the audience the crucial information that the "Ides of March" are coming up, and hands Brutus the paper that Cassius and his cronies have thrown in at the window. Most of the rest of the time, Brutus is lamenting the fact that Lucius is asleep and not answering his call.

In his next appearance (Act 2, Scene 4) Lucius is sent to run to the capital by Portia to find out what is happening at the Capitol, and to check that Brutus is OK. We presume he does it - but it's never specified by the play.

Lucius, of course, travels with Brutus to Philippi. And his final appearance in the play is in the "tent scene" (Act 4, Scene 3) where he plays his guitar for Brutus in order to try and sooth his nerves - and, in a neat throwback to his first appearance, falls asleep. Brutus treats him very, very tenderly and gently: showing a much more human side of his character.

But Lucius does not perform any key actions that alter the course of the play as a whole!

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What action does Lucius take that helps unfold the plot in Julius Caesar?

In Act II, scene i, Brutus is found pacing in the garden, troubled by his thoughts of Caesar and the possible ramifications of Caesar's reign, once crowned. It is while Brutus is pacing that Lucius brings Brutus several letters written by contemporaries of Brutus, all urging Brutus to act against Caesar, and to act quickly. These letters, left by Cinna according to the wishes of Cassius, prompt Brutus into agreement with the other conspirators, and Brutus ends up as the leader of the band of plotters. These letters provide the impetuous to finally drive Brutus to action, and to joining the conspirators.

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