Julius Caesar Act IV

Updated: 5/21/2020
Julius Caesar Act IV

Storyboard Text

  • These many, then, shall die; their names are pricked.
  • Antony meets Octavius and Lepidus at his house. They review a list of names, deciding who must be killed.
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  • Your brother too must die. Consent you, Lepidus?
  • I do consent — 
  • This is a slight unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands.
  • When Lepidus leaves, Antony expresses his hatred for him. Octavius is suprised by his remark.
  •  So you thought him,And took his voice who should be pricked to die in our black sentence and proscription.
  • Antony explains that he plans to use Lepidus in the fight against Brutus and Cassius, but to deny him any real power once the conflict is over.
  • Do not talk of himBut as a property. And now, Octavius,Listen great things. Brutus and CassiusAre levying powers. We must straight make head.
  • Let us do so; for we are at the stakeAnd bayed about with many enemies.
  • Civil war has broken out in Rome, with Brutus and Cassius leading one side, and Antony and Octavius leading the other.
  • Stand ho!
  • Most noble brother you have done me wrong!
  • Brutus argues that they must wage war honorably, or the killing of Caesar was hypocritical. Cassius contends that a practical approach is the only way to win the war.
  • Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies?And if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
  • An old poet barges into the camp, and tries to convince the two men to stop fighting with a simplistic poem before he is thrown out. Brutus and Cassius have wine together in Brutus’ tent.
  • For shame, you generals! What do you mean?Love and be friends, as two such men should be,For I have seen more years, I'm sure, than ye.