1. What hope of Octavius and Antony is addressed? What does this state about Brutus? B and C have concerned Philippi and their hopes have been responded to. Also, they are boiling down the valley — not taking the high ground. It suggests B made a bad option leaving Sardis.
2. What does Cassius mean by the following declaration?”Flatterers! Now, Brutus, thank yourself;/ This tongue had not upset so today,/ If Cassius might have ruled. After receiving insults from A and O, Cassius bitterly reminds B that he had recommended eliminating Antony.
Rather, he is alive to both insult them and fight them.
3. What ominous/big and bad indication has Cassius seen that triggers him to fear the coming battle? When in Sardis, eagles were resting on the ensign and feeding out of the soldiers hands. (Good sign). When they traveled to Philippi, the eagles took off and were replaced by birds o’ death (Raven, vultures, etc.). A very bad indication. Nevertheless, as B and C get ready for battles and bid farewell, they appear excited to battle.
4. What does Brutus state he will do if they lose the fight? Why is he unwilling to do this? While he thinks suicide is afraid and repellent, he likewise states he will not be recorded alive as a hostage (suggesting he will kill himself if necessary).
5. What awful error does Cassius make? What is the result of this error? A bit of cause and impact here. Cassius eliminates himself because he misconstrues the situation.
He believes his best buddy, Titinius, has been captured and eliminated by the enemy. He makes Pindarus, who is communicating what is happening to C, come down from the hill too quickly. As a result of this action and his rash judgment, he kills himself with the hesitant aid of his servant, Pindarus.
6. What is Titinius’s reaction to Cassius’s actions?
He blames himself fro Cassius’s death and offs himself with Cassius sword.
7. What is Brutus’s action to Cassius’s and Titinius’s actions? He is really saddened and proclaims them to be the last true Romans. He declares he will have time for tears later however eliminated the bodies to Thasos so as not to injure the morale of the remaining troops. Act V, scene iv.
8. What role does Lucilius take upon himself? What was Antony’s response to his masquerade? He pretends to be Brutus in order to draw attention, and perhaps death, to himself. It is a noble act. Antony is very impressed and orders him to be treated well as such men are valuable and to be admired.
9. What request does Brutus make of Clitus? What is his response? To change his name. He finds it very distracting….. No, actually he asks for his help in committing suicide. Clitus refuses.
10. What does Brutus ask Volumnius to do? What reasons does he give? What is Volumnius’s response? Same thing as above. He reminds Voluminus of their time in school together. V-man says that isn’t something you ask a friend to do. Brutus is shot down again.
11. What does Strato do for Brutus? What does Strato ask Brutus to do first? Why? Strato agrees but first wants to shake his hand out of respect. He holds out his sword and Brutus runs on to it.
12. What overture of peace does Octavius make to Brutus’s men? He offers to absorb Brutus’s men into his own army. A unusual sign of respect and compassion.
13. How do Antony and Octavius honor Brutus?
Antony praises his as “the noblest Roman of them all.” Only Brutus did what he did for the good of Rome. Octavius gives Brutus and honorable burial as a true Roman. Unlike the rest of the conspirators, Brutus is a respected and admired figure even by his enemies.