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Julius Caesar Act II Scenes i, ii, iii, iv
Line citations are based on our class edition of Julius Shakespeare: Barron's Simply Shakespeare Julius Caesar 2002
Terms in this set (24)
The __________ from "the people" convince Brutus that the conspiracy may be worth joining.
" 'Speak, strike, redress!´ I entreated
To speak and strike? Oh Rome I make thee promise,
If the redress will follow, thou receivest
Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus." (II.i. 55-58)
Brutus performs a ___________ in lines II.i. 10-34. In this speech, he tells how he himself has no personal reason to kill Caesar but that it must be done for the greater good of Rome.
"I have no personal cause to spurn at him,
But for the general." (II.i.11-12)
A person can gain prominence (ambition) through corrupt (lowliness) means.
Personification. "Ambition" is personified as a person climbing up a ladder. The upward movement points to success or power. Caesar is the person using corrupt means to gain power.
What does "lowliness is young ambition's ladder" (II.i.22) mean? What figure of speech is this?
The conspirators talk of letting _________ join the conspiracy but then decide against it because he will not participate in something he did not start.
"O, name him not; let us not break with him;
For he will never follow any thing
That other men begin." (II.i. 156-158)
________________ mentions that Caesar is superstitious and that he will flatter Caesar to make sure he comes to the Senate.
Metaphor. Antony has no power without Caesar; he is compared to a limb on a body that cannot function without the body. Brutus does not want to kill Antony although Cassius would like to. Brutus feels that Antony holds no real power, and killing him would make them murderers (whereas murdering Caesar is an honorable deed, in Brutus's eyes.)
"For Antony is but a limb of Caesar.
Let's be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius." (II.i.172-173) What figure of speech is used here? What does Brutus mean by this?
Portia proves that she can handle whatever secret Brutus is withholding from her by stabbing herself in the ________.She proves her mental and physical power. (II.i.312-313)
Brutus (agrees/disagrees) to tell Portia about the conspiracy.(II.ii.313-3321)
Sick man who wants to join the conspiracy
The clock striking is an example of an _____________.
____________ has a bad dream about Caesar leaving, so she urges him not to go to the Senate meeting today.
Caesar believes in fate, that death will come when it is destined to come; he believes he is valiant (brave); he does not pay attention to the soothsayer's warning.
"Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come." (II.ii.33-38)
What do we learn about Caesar's personality from these lines?
Flattery, reinterpreting Calpurnia's dream, and insinuating that Caesar is a coward / afraid.
"If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper,
'Lo, Caesar is afraid'?" (II.ii.104-105)
Decius Brutus convinces Caesar to go to the Senate by these three things:
___________'s aside is an example of foreshadowing.
"And so near will I be
That your best friends shall wish I had been further." (II.ii.130-131)
cannot handle the secret of the conspiracy like she thought she could and becomes a little crazy. (I.iv)
Simile. Caesar is compared to an unhatched snake still in its egg. While in the egg it is harmless, but once hatched, it will become evil as snakes were believed to become. Caesar needs to be killed now while he is still rising to power and before he becomes a tyrant.
"And therefore think him as a serpent's egg,
Which hatch'd would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell." (II.i. 32-34) What figure of speech is this? Explain the meaning.
He uses thunder and lightning (stage directions) and very strange occurrences such as warriors fighting on the clouds, blood drizzling on the Capitol, and ghosts shrieking and squealing in the streets (II.ii.16-24)
Name some elements Shakespeare uses to create suspense and an ominous mood.
She had a dream in which Caesar's body was spewing blood, indicating his death. (II.ii.80-82)
Why does Calpurnia persuade Caesar not to go to the Capitol?
The Romans will gain lifeblood from Caesar's strength and Caesar will revive or reinvigorate Rome. (II.ii.80-85)
How does Decius interpret Calpurnia's dream. Does he convince Caesar to go to the Capitol?
He wants to give Caesar a letter of warning in which he reveals the conspirators and hints at Caesar dying. (II.iii.1-9)
Why does Artemidorus wait to see Caesar?
Metaphor. Portia has a strong, logical mind like that of men, but she has a woman's influence, which is not much. She feels frustrated that she cannot go to the Capitol herself to prevent her husband's foolish act as well as the assassination of Julius Caesar.
"I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.
How hard it is for women to keep counsel!" (II.iv. 9-10) What figure of speech is used here and what does it mean?
Caesar; he believes he is above everything. He is too confident.
"Alas my lord,
Your wisdom is consum'd in confidence. (II.ii.51-52) Who is being referred to in these lines and why?
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