julius caesar

julius caesar

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  • ACT I : Sc ii
  • ACT II : Sc ii
  • ACT III : Sc i
  • " Beware the Ides of March. " (I : ii : Ln. 18) This scene marks the first time that Julius Caesar learned about the danger to his life. A soothsayer came to him on his way to the races, warning him about the Ides of March (March 15), the day in which Caesar would be killed to stop him from becoming the leader of Rome. Caesar chose to ignore these warnings, despite the truth they held- to him, he was unkillable. If Caesar had listened to the Soothsayer when he had given the warning, he would have survived. This shows not only a missed opportunity for him to have come out alive, but also the arrogance that was part of the reason he was killed.
  • ACT IV: Sc iii
  • " What need we any spur but our own cause/To prick us to redress? " (II : i : Ln. 123-124) Brutus is visited at his home by the conspirators, after receiving letters written by Cassius to sway his opinion.  He speaks with Cassius, and returns to announce that he is joining the conspirators against Caesar.  Brutus joining was the tipping point for both sides. The conspirators needed him, as Brutus was well loved and anything he did would be supported and accepted, but it would also prove to be a falling point for Caesar, when he saw his closest friend had betrayed him. If Brutus had not joined them, the plot likely would not have taken place- the conspirators would not have the backing and standing that they needed to get away with it.
  • ACT V: Sc v
  • " Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar. " ( III : i : Ln. 79) On the Ides of March, Caesar makes his way to the capital to be crowned. With him are several of his close friends- all who are conspirators planning to kill him. They reach the Capitol, where the call to kill is made, and Caesar is stabbed to death by the conspirators. Caesar's death starts the downward spiral for the rest of the play. It is what sparks the war between Brutus and Cassius versus Antony and Octavius, and is the cause of the death of many others. If he had not been killed, there would not be a story to tell. No one would die, and there would have been no rift between the people of Rome. The death of Caesar is the cauation of the entirety of the play.
  • Theme
  • " ...Thou shalt see me at Philippi. " (IV : iii : 283) In the night, after a talk with Cassius and a debate over when they will be leaving for Philippi, the ghost of Caesar appears to Brutus. HE tells him that he will see him again- in Philippi. This sparks Brutus into leaving immediately, instead of waiting until the next day. This scene helps in foreshadowing the ending, and the cost of the conspirators actions- by predicting Brutus's death. Every action has its cost, and for Brutus, it was to pay with his life- in return for the one that he took. If he had not chosen to leave when he did, or chose to wait, Brutus might not have died- but he chose to face his fate and the cost of his actions and leave immediately for his dying grounds.
  • " Caesar, now be still; I kill not thee with half so good a will. " (V : v : Ln 50-51) Brutus and Cassius lost the war, and Brutus did not want to wait around for the enemy to come and kill him. Instead, he had one of his men hold a sword, and he took his own life. When his body was found, he was declared the 'Noblest Roman of them all" by Antony, and was taken to be given a proper burial. Brutus may have had good intentions, but his actions did not prove that- he still took the life of another, and for that, he had to pay. Ironically, he paid the same way that he did wrong- through death. His death turned to show that even he was not immune to the consequences of his actions.
  • " Caesar, now be still; I kill not thee with half so good a will. " (V : v : Ln 50-51) ' Actions done in good do not always have positive outcomes. ' This theme was one that stuck out to me throughout my time reading Julius Caesar. The death of Brutus at Philippi helps to solidify this idea greatly. He took his friend's life in the belief that it would benefit Rome and her people- but the outcome was not the positive he had likely been expecting. His death caused a rift with the people, caused riots and several peoples' deaths, and even began a war that killed several more. His parting words help show his regret even more- by saying that he wanted to kill himself more than he ever did Caesar. It had not turned out the way he had wanted. The intentions may have been good, but the outcomes of their actions proved to have far worse consequences than were expected- or than what was needed.
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