Julius Caesar begins in the streets of Rome during a festival celebrating Caesar's recent victories. Flavius and Marullus scold scold commoners for supporting Caesar.
A couple of the main characters, Brutus and Cassius, discuss their concerns with Caesar's power and they begin to suspect Caesar is becoming a tyrant. "What a blunt fellow is this grown to be! He was quick mettle when he went to school," (1.2) said Brutus. " "However he puts on this tardy form. This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit, which gives men stomach to digest his words with better appetite," (1.2) said Cassius.
Little does Brutus know, Cassius is trying to turn him against Caesar. Cassius comes up with a plan to do this by writing fake letters from other people speaking their negative thoughts about Caesar, and sending them to Brutus, which will trick him into thinking Caesar is a tyrant.