Julius Caesar Act 3 Summary

Julius Caesar Act 3 Summary
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  • Act 3 Scene 1
  • Cassius
  • Casca
  • Et tu, Bruté?
  • Brutus
  • Act 2 Scene 1
  • I know that we shall have him well to friend (Brutus)
  • I wish we may. But yet have I a mind that fears him much, and my misgiving still falls shrewdly to the purpose. (Cassius)
  • That this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial. (Antony)
  • Act 3 Scene 2
  • Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?
  • Caesar has now gone to the capital, noticing the soothsayer. The ides of March has arrived. Metellus Cimber pleads to Caesar to remove the banishment from his brother, but Caesar refuses. Brutus and the conspirators join the conversation at which point the conflict rises and eventually leads to the stabbing of Caesar. It starts with Casca, but Caesar becomes surprised when he sees Brutus and then dies.
  • Act 3 Scene 2
  • He hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill Is this the work of an ambitious man? When the poor cried, Caesar cried too. (Antony)
  • After the death of Caesar, Antony's servant confronts Brutus and tells him that Antony also feared Caesar in power, indicating to Brutus that Antony was onboard of the murder. This makes Brutus believe this, but Cassius still remains skeptical. Antony only asks to give a speech at Caesar's funeral, and Brutus accepts with the guidelines of talking not negativity against the conspirators, of which Antony will do exactly. 
  • Act 3 Scene 2
  • Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome. He and Lepidus are at Caesar’s house. (Octavius' servant)
  • The streets are demanding an answer and Brutus is now going to give his speech. He talks about how Rome was urging the death of Rome and that it was a necessary decision for Rome, as Caesar was ambitious. The crowd buys all the speech and are quickly convinced that Caesar was a threat to Rome.
  • Act 3 Scene 3
  • Tear him to pieces. He’s a conspirator. Tear him for his bad verses! Tear him for his bad verses!
  • I am Cinna the poet I am Cinna the poet.
  • Now that Antony is in the capital ready to give to speech, with no supervision of any conspirators. He begins by saying how Brutus was an honorable man, and uses reverse psychology to persuade the crowd that Brutus isn't and that Caesar was not ambitious. Quickly, the crowd once again gets convinced and now want revenge for what happened to Caesar. They want death for the conspirators and take matters into there own hands
  • You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
  • Antony is delighted that his plan to stir up the crowd has worked. He gets the news that Octavius has come to Rome with Lepidus and are in Caesar's house waiting for Antony. Brutus and Cassius have heard of the incident and have fled the city.
  • And thither will I straight to visit him. He comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry, And in this mood will give us anything.
  • The crowd goes into the streets and encounters, Cinna the poet, not the conspirator. The crowd the figures out his name and quickly take care of him, despite Cinna's best effort sayiThey then plan to go to the conspirators' houses and burn them down.
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