In a public place, a Soothsayer tries to call out to Caesar. Caesar turns in order to hear him out. The Soothsayer warns Caesar to "Beware the ides of March" (I:ii:ln 18). Caesar thinks nothing by what he says and leaves. I chose this because its shows what will happen later in the play.
Act IV: Scene iii
In Caesar's home, his wife, Calpurnia, has a nightmare. She thinks that this is a bad omen and begs Caesar to stay home. Caesar agrees to stay home, until Decius arrives and tells Caesar, "This dream is all amiss interpreted" (II:ii:ln 83). He says that the dream is actually a good omen, and Caesar agrees to go to the capital. I chose this because in this moment, Caesar was on his way to the capitol building, to his death.
Act V: Scene v
At the capitol, the conspirators carry out their plan against Caesar. Metellus and Brutus ask Caesar to repeal Publius' banishment. Caesar claims himself to be as constant as the Northern Star. Casca gives the command to start stabbing Caesar. When Caesar sees Brutus, he says, "Et tu, Brute? Then Fall, Caesar" (III:i:ln 79). I chose this moment because it shows that Caesar really cared for Brutus and that he was heartbroken when this happened.
Caesar's ghost appears to Brutus in his tent. He tells Brutus, "To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi" (IV:iii:ln 282). Brutus tells Caesar that he will see him at Philippi then. When Caesar' ghost leaves, Brutus awakens Lucius, Varro, and Claudius to see if they saw Caesar. They all say that they saw nothing. I chose this moment because it gives foreshadowing to what will happen at Philippi.
With the death of Cassius, Brutus and his army had started to lose the war. Brutus decides to end his own life, than be taken back as a prisoner. He asks many of his friends to aid in his suicide, but only Strato agrees to help. Before his death, Brutus says, "Farewell, good Strato - Caesar, now be still; I killed thee with half so good a will" (V:v:ln 50-51). I chose this moment because it shows Brutus' honor as a roman with his death.
I think that one of the themes is that the right things can be done for the wrong reason. Brutus wanted the better thing for Rome, because he loved Rome. Brutus did the wrong thing of aiding in Caesar's death to help Rome. Even though he did the wrong thing for the right reasons, he was still noble to Antony and Rome, when Antony said, "This was the noblest Roman of them all... 'this was a man!'" (V:v:ln 68-75).