Caesar instructs his friend Antony, who is naked in accordance with his duty of "running the course" in a holiday ceremony, to touch Calpurnia as he runs, because tradition holds that infertile women may be cured this way. Although Caesar is superstitious, he thinks himself invulnerable.
Caesar instructs his friend Antony, who is naked in accordance with his duty of "running the course" in a holiday ceremony, to touch Calpurnia as he runs, because tradition holds that infertile women may be cured this way.
Antony's nakedness symbolizes his emotional nature.
Caesar's request of him establishes that Caesar is superstitious, and also hints at his ambition to become king, since he's concerned with having an heir. Although Caesar is superstitious, he thinks himself invulnerable. Brutus has no interest in watching the festivities, and says Cassius should go on without him.
Establishes Brutus as thoughtful and deferent, but also stoic and humorless, immediately contrasting him with the vibrant Antony.
Active Themes Cassius remarks that Brutus has acted strangely lately, and wonders whether they are still friends. Brutus says that he's been worried by personal problems, and apologizes for being unsociable.
Brutus is introverted and oblivious to other peoples' impressions. Cassius has a Julius caesar dramatic devices for manipulating people and controlling conversation. Cassius says that Brutus is greatly admired by all of Rome, and that everyone—"except immortal Caesar" 1. Brutus wonders why Cassius is trying to make him proud, since he knows vanity would be uncharacteristic of him.
Cassius says he'll make Brutus realize just how admired he is, and that Brutus can trust him because he's respected and honest. Cassius is not appealing to Brutus's vanity—Brutus has none—but to Brutus' great sense of responsibility towards Rome.
Cassius is trying to insinuate that Caesar means to become all-powerful by sarcastically calling him "immortal. Active Themes They hear cheering, and Brutus says he fears that Caesar is being crowned king. Cassius says that this possibility must displease Brutus, if he fears it.
Cassius puts words in Brutus's mouth, but makes them seem like Brutus' own ideas. Active Themes Brutus admits he is against the idea, although he loves Caesar, and asks Cassius to get to the point, saying that if it involves honor and the good of Rome, he'll face death to achieve it.
Establishes Brutus's conflict his affection for Caesar versus his political idealsand character he always puts Rome ahead of himself. Active Themes Cassius says that he would rather be dead than bow to Caesar, since Caesar is no better than they.
He tells Brutus about the time he saved Caesar's life while swimming, and about how Caesar once fell ill on a campaign in Spain. Cassius adds that he thinks that it is ironic that Caesar should seem so all-powerful now.
Cassius claims to speak for himself, but intends to persuade.
He also changes tactics, having previously called Caesar "immortal," then saying Caesar is equal to them, and finally painting him as inferior, even feminine. Active Themes They hear more cheering.
Cassius says that they cannot blame fate for their subservient positions: He then asks why Caesar should be more honored than Brutus, and brings up Brutus's famous ancestor who drove the Tarquin kings out of Rome and helped establish the Republic.
After belittling Caesar, Cassius returns to describing his greatness, which now seems ironic. He then touches three themes he knows will affect Brutus: Roman tradition, the image of Rome to other nations, and the honor of Brutus's family. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Brutus says he understands what Cassius is getting at, and that it's been troubling him too, but that he'd rather talk about it later, adding that he'd rather not be Roman at all than be ruled by a king.
We never find out what Brutus was thinking before this, or what he might have done on his own, without Cassius's influence.In fact, Julius Caesar is considered the least sexy Shakespearean drama. Allusions Shakespeare got much of the historical background for Julius Caesar from Sir Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Lives, which covered famous Romans, including Brutus, Caesar, and Antony.
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