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Julius Caesar Act I: Scene II
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Caesar wants Calpurnia to be touched by Antonius so he can have an heir to the throne.
Caesar tells Antony, "Forget not in your speed, Antonius, / To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say/ The barren, touched in this holy chase,/ Shake off their sterile curse." What can you infer about Caesar's motives?
Antony looks up to Caesar and believes if Caesar said something, then it must be right.
What is Antony's attitude toward Caesar in this scene?
It reveals that Caesar is somewhat arrogant, as he pays no attention to what the soothsayer is trying to say, and that it actually could be significant.
What does Caesar's reaction the the Soothsayer's warning "Beware the Ides of March" reveal about his character?
The effect of the soothsayer's warning is a suspenseful feeling.
does the Soothsayer's warning create?
Brutus has an internal conflict with himself, having conflicting ideas about if he should be on Caesar's side or not.
What type of conflict(internal or external) does Brutus exhibit in the following lines? "Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war, forgets the shows of love to other men."
Cassius is comparing Caesar to a Colossus, saying that people see him as this big person, but he shouldn't be seen that way.
of the following quote. What is being compared here? "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world/ Like a Colossus, and we petty men/ Walk under his huge legs and peep about/ To find ourselves dishonorable graves."
He wants Brutus to take his side of being against Caesar.
What is Cassius' objective in his talk with Brutus?
Brutus shows that he is honorable and modest, and doesn't really care about being a big person like Caesar is.
What is revealed about Brutus' character when he says: "Brutus had rather be a villager/ Than to repute himself a son of Rome/ Under these hared conditions as this time/ Is like to lay upon us."
He cannot swim and he has epilepsy.
What two examples does Cassius give that demonstrate Caesar's weaknesses?
Caesar thinks of Cassius as an enemy, and that he may have a secret he is hiding.
According to this quote, what is Caesar's attitude toward Cassius? "Let me have men about me that are fat,/ Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights./ Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;/ He thinks too much: such men are dangerous."
Caesar means that Cassius does not have many real feelings, or hides his thoughts very well, so therefore his dangerous if you can't predict his next move.
What does Caesar mean when he says, "Such men as he be never at heart's ease/ Whiles they behold a greater than themselves, / And therefore are they very dangerous"?
Antony offers Caesar the crown, and he refuses it 3 times.
Who offers Caesar the crown? How many times does he refuse the crown?
He foreshadows that this could be a weakness that him and the rest of the conspirators could use to their advantage or exploit.
What does Cassius foreshadow when he mentions Caesar's "falling-sickness"?
Cassius plans to put letters in Brutus' window, from "the people" of Rome, telling him what a great person he is, and how he should be leading instead of Caesar. Cassius plants to get Brutus to join the conspiracy.
Provide a brief summary of the plan presented in Cassius' soliloquy.
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