Brutus wants to kill Caesar for the people of Rome. Cassius wants to kill Caesar because he is jealous of Caesar’s power and ambition.
Why does Brutus want to kill Caesar? Why does Cassius?
Act 1 begins March 14 and Act 2 begins March 15.
When does Scene 2 Act 1 begin? Scen 2 Act 2?
Cassius, Casca, Decius, Cinna, Trebonius, Brutus, Metellus
Who are all the conspirators?
1) don’t take an oath
2) don’t kill Marc Antony
3) do not include Cicero
What are the three mistakes the conspirators make?
Cato, who fought alongside Pompey against Caesar.
Who was Portia’s father?
She stabs herself in the thigh.
How does Portia show Brutus she is mentally strong?
The sick men are the citizens of Rome. The whole man is Caesar.
In the following quote, who are the whole men? Who are the sick men?
Brutus: “A piece of work that will make sick men whole.”
Ligarius: “But are not some whole that we must make sick?”
1) a lioness giving birth in the streets
2) graves opening up
3) fiery warriors fighting on top of clouds
4) blood raining upon the capital
5) ghosts walking in the streets.
What strange scenes does Calpurnia see in the streets of Rome? (5)
She thinks they are bad omens.
What does Calpurnia think of the strange scenes she sees on the streets of Rome?
What do the augurers find when they open up the beast?
1) Artemidorus’ letter
4) Calpurnia’s dream
What are four warnings that Caesar should not go to the Capital?
The citizens of Rome are bathing in the blood of Caesar fountaining from his statue.
What happens in Calpurnia’s dream?
It is misinterpreted; the blood is instead reviving blood.
What does Decius say about this dream?
To make sure Caesar arrives at the capitol.
What is Decius’ job?
Whether or not Caesar will be corrupt by power.
What question is Brutus pondering at the opening of the scene?
Lucius sees that it is the ides of March, just as the soothsayer had said.
For what information does Brutus want Lucius to look at a calendar? What is the significance of what Lucius finds?
Cicero is older and more wise. The people will respect his decision.
Why do the conspirators want Cicero to join them?
Brutus rejects Cicero because Cicero never follows anyone else’s ideas. Cassius replies “then leave him out.” This shows that Cassius obeys and listens to whatever Brutus says.
Why does Brutus reject Cicero? What is Cassius’ reaction and what does this show about his and Brutus’ relationship?
The conspirators plan to kill Caesar.
What do the conspirators plan to do the next day?
Decius will flatter him.
How does Decius say he will make sure that Caesar will come to the Capitol?
She stabs herself in the leg and keeps it a secret.
What has Portia done to show Brutus that she is worthy of knowing his secrets?
Statue of Caesar bleeding and people of Rome washing themselves in blood; graves that have been unearthed.
What strange and horrible things does Calphurnia report to Caesar that have been seen that night?
If a beggar dies, no one cares. When a prince die, they will care.
What does Calphurnia mean by the following statement? “When beggars dies, there are no comets seen;/ The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”
He says he’ll look weak if Caesar stays inside.
How does Decius convince Caesar to go to the Capitol?
As he’s walking he lists the people’s names down.
What is Artemidorus’s plan?
She knows her husband is involved in killing Caesar. She sends Lucius to run to the capital to see what’s going on and to run back and tell her.
Why is Portia so nervous and upset? On what errand does she send Lucius?