The date is set: Romans would associate statues with gods and important political figures. Act IV is one of the shorter acts in the play, but it lays the groundwork for the battle that will occur in the last act of the play.
As they begin to plan the murder, Brutus insists that they do not harm Antony: How to cite this article: Not knowing if Brutus has decided to join them, the group exchanges pleasantries until Cassius takes Brutus aside. The commoners beg him to read it.
After Brutus leaves, Antony begins to speak.
Casca tells Brutus and Cassius about the festival, and how Antony offered Caesar a crown three times and three times he refused it.
Antony is clearly grief stricken at the loss. Additionally, for the third time in the play, he offers of up own neck at the slightest sign of trouble, seemingly willing to take an easy out rather than have to deal with consequences. Meanwhile, one man wishes Brutus and Cassius good luck in their "enterprise," causing Cassius to wonder if their plans have been discovered.
Antony sends a messenger to him, advising him to stay out of Rome for the time being because it could be dangerous for him.
He seems doomed to fail. Then Brutus decides to kill himself.
The tribunes, however, preoccupied with class distinctions, view the cobbler as nothing more than a plebeian ruffian. Plot Summary Act 1, Scene 1 The story opens on a street in Rome, where two tribunes, Flavius and Marullus, disperse a crowd that is celebrating the return of the greatest ruler of the day, Julius Caesar.
Their argument descends into name-calling, and Cassius finally offers Brutus his dagger, telling his friend that he may as well kill him. The scene is also revealing in terms of characters.
Brutus agrees, but Cassius pulls him aside to caution Brutus. But Caesar still had a problem: The festival was held on February 15th, in honour of Lupercus, the god of shepherds, who was supposed to keep away wolves.
Caesar was a successful politician because he combined elements of both Brutus and Cassius. They will commit the murder by the eighth hour.
The rest of the play does not bode well for him. Even politically unimportant folks like poets are being killed on the street. Caesar appears, attended by a train of friends and supporters, and is warned by a soothsayer to "beware the ides of March," but he ignores the warning and leaves for the games and races marking the celebration of the feast of Lupercal.
The other conspirators stab Caesar as well. Marullus accuses the workmen of forgetting that they are desecrating the great Pompey, whose triumphs they once cheered so enthusiastically. Retrieved September 17, Cassius departs, and Brutus reads alone in his tent with his servant Lucius.
Almost immediately, he is approached by Artemidorus, who offers him a letter of warning about the conspirators. Flavius and Murellus derisively order the commoners to return home and get back to work: Brutus says he gets what Cassius is saying, but he is also good friends with Caesar, so he needs a little time to think about things before he makes any decisions.Julius Caesar: Plot Summary Act 1, Scene 1 The story opens on a street in Rome, where two tribunes, Flavius and Marullus, disperse a crowd that is celebrating the return of the greatest ruler of the day, Julius Caesar.
Act III of Julius Caesar might be considered the climax, or most intense part or the play, because this is where all of Brutus' conflict comes to a head. It is also the longest act of the play. The act begins with Caesar's arrival in the Capitol.
Almost immediately, he is approached by Artemidorus. It is the night before the ides of March, and a terrible storm is raging. A frightened Casca, with his sword drawn, meets Cicero on a Roman street.
Casca describes to Cicero all the unusual things. Julius Caesar triumphantly enters a ''public place'' in Rome with his followers.
Marcus Antonius (Antony), one of Caesar's friends and supporters, is about to run the traditional race for the feast day Lupercal. Caesar asks him to touch Caesar's wife, Calphurnia, because ''The barren, touched in this holy chase, / Shake off their sterile curse.'' We thus learn that Calphurnia is unable to bear children.
Act IV opens after Brutus and Cassius have fled from Rome. The first short scene focuses on Antony, who has taken control of Rome.
He has allied himself with two men: Octavius, who is Caesar's nephew, and Lepidus, a respected soldier. The action begins in February 44 BC. Julius Caesar has just reentered Rome in triumph after a victory in Spain over the sons of his old enemy, Pompey the Great.
A spontaneous celebration has interrupted and been broken up by Flavius and Marullus, two political enemies of Caesar.Download