At the beginning of Act One, Roman citizens are celebrating Caesar’s recent victories
A soothsayer tells Caesar that the ides of March will bring him good luck
Caesar is offered the crown three times but rejects it each time
Mark Antony is the leading schemer against Caesar
Brutus is almost convinced that Caesar’s life must be sacrificed for the common good at the end of Act 1
Cassius tells of a time when he saved Caesar from drowning
Caesar is aware of the plot against his life
Explain the difference between the views of Cesar held by Cassius and Brutus
Cassius openly wants Caesar out of power. Brutus loves Caesar but recognizes his flaws and thinks about the state of this countrymen.
Casca says, “For I believe they are portentous things/Unto the climate that they point upon.” What does he mean?
He thinks the “unnatural” sights he has seen are signs of tragedy about to unfold in his country
Why does Cassius want Brutus to join the conspiracy?
Brutus is well thought of by the people. If he supported the conspiracy, the conspirators would be in better factor with the people following the assassination
Who was the leader of Rome prior to Caesar?
List of Conspirators:
To what decision does Brutus come in his orchard? Why?
He decides to join the conspiracy to murder Caesar because he thinks Caesar will abuse his power if he is crowned
What does Lucius give to Brutus in Scene , Act 2?
He brings the forged note that has been thrown in the window
Why doesn’t Brutus want to swear on oath with the conspirators?
He thinks a just cause needs no oath to bind the doers to their cause
Brutus is against including Cicero and against killing Mark Antony. Why?
Cicero will not follow any plan started by someone else, and killing Mark Antony would be too bloody
For what reason does Metellus Cimber want Cicero to join the conspiracy?
“…his silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion. And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds…”
Why does Brutus say, “Render me worthy of his noble wife!”?
Portia has shown her concern for him and insists on sharing his emotional burden
Of what does Calphurnia try to convince Caesar?
Her dreams are omens of tragedy, and he should not go to the Senate meeting.
Caesar yields to Calphurnia’s wishes at first. Why does he change his mind and decide to go the Senate meeting?
Decius reinterprets Calphurnia’s dream to entice Caesar to go to the meeting
What does the note Artemidorus wants to give Caesar say?
It warns Caesar of the Conspiracy and names the conspirators
“Alas, my lord,/Your wisdom is consum’d in confidence.”
Calphurnia says these words when she warns Caesar of impending danger
When the Senate session begins, Metellus offers Caesar a crown
The first conspirator to stab Caesar is Casca
Antony asks the conspirators to spare Caesar’s life
After Caesar’s assassination, Antony flees to his house
In his speech to the citizens after the assassination, Brutus cites his love for Caesar
Brutus says to listen to Antony’s speech
Antony’s speech turns the crowd against the conspirators
Antony never has a chance to tell the citizens about Caesar’s will
The citizens are portrayed as loyal and steadfast
An angry mob attacks Cinna the Poet
Mark Antony warns Lucius Pella to stay away from Rome because it is too dangerous
What is ironic about the timing of Caesar’s murder (in relation to proceeding events)?
He is destroyed just after proclaiming his magnificence and indestructibility
In the moments following Caesar’s death, what do the conspirators proclaim to justify their deeds?
“Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!”
Antony’s servant brings a message to Brutus. What does he say?
Antony praises Brutus for begin honest and requests to be able to safely see Brutus to hear why Caesar was murdered
Antony wants to speak at Caesar’s funeral. What reaction does Brutus have? Cassius?
Brutus agrees, but Cassius thinks it is dangerous to let Antony speak to the people.
Under what conditions will Antony speak at the funeral?
He must not blame the conspirators, admit he speaks by their permission, and speak last, after Brutus.
What did Brutus say to the people at the funeral?
He told them the assassination was the only logical way to do the best thing for the people
What did Antony say to the people at the funeral in his now famous “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” speech?
He contradicts the accusation made by the conspirators of treason and demands that they be put to death for Caesar’s murder
Why did Brutus and Cassius flee rome?
Their lives were in danger after Antony’s remarks at the funeral
What is the point of Act 3 Scene 3
It graphically shows the violent mood of the crowd
How many men are in the conspiracy?
Brutus sees Caesar’s ghost
What problem has developed between Cassius and Brutus? How is it resolved?
Brutus accuses Cassius of accepting bribes.
What message did Caesar’s ghost bring Brutus?
He would see Brutus’ ghost at Philippi.
After he sees Brutus’s body, Antony says that he hated this conspirator more than any other
How does Brutus die?
He kills himself with his sword
Why did Antony say Brutus was the “noblest Roman of them all”?
The others killed Caesar for personal gain, but Brutus believed he was doing the right thing for his countrymen
Tribunes who breaks up crowd waiting to honor Caesar’s triumph
Flavius and Murellus
Emperor of Rome
1st conspirator to stab Caesar
Devoted follower of Caesar; defeats Brutus
Warns Caesar to “Beware the ides of March”
Joins conspiracy to kill Caesar
Organizes the conspiracy and gets Brutus to join
Senator Brutus does not want to include in the conspiracy; wise man
Plants the forged letter for Cassius, also a conspirator
Mistaken for Cinna the conspirator
Cinna the poet
Reinterprets Calphurnia’s dream and convinces Caesar to go to the Senate
Distracts Caesar’s attention so conspirators can carry out their plan
Takes Antony away from the assassination scene so he won’t interfere
Vows to follow Brutus
One of many who escort Caesar to the Senate meeting
Gives Caesar a letter of warning naming the conspirators
wishes Cassius well in his ‘enterprise’
Heir fo Julius Caesar
Joins with Octavius and Antony, used by Octavius and Antony
Servant to Cassius
Captured by Antony’s soldiers, mistaken for Brutus
Reports the number of senators killed by the triumvirate, discovers Cassius’s body
Servants to Brutus
Varrus and Claudio
Officer, guards tent at Sardis and kills himself when he learns Cassius is dead
soldier in army of Brutus and Cassius
servants of Brutus, refuse to kill Brutus
Clitus and Dardanius
friend and solider to Brutus, refuses to hold Brutus’s sword
Holds Brutus’ suicide sword