Julius Caesar Essay

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Share PageLikeFan PageAsk CliffCliffsNotes PollShop Cart[->0] | Account[->1] | Help[->2] Top of Form 1 Entire Site This CliffsNote GO Bottom of Form 1 · Home Literature Writing Foreign Languages Math Science More Subjects Test Prep College Cliffs Films Shop · Download app[->3] Listen to an overview Watch video Buy this Lit Note · [->4] [->5] [->6] Julius CaesarBy William ShakespeareSummary and Analysis Act I: Scene 2 · Summary and Analysis Original Text Previous [->7] Next [->8] Summary Caesar, having entered Rome in triumph, calls to his wife, Calphurnia, and orders her to stand where Mark Antony, about to run in the traditional footrace of the Lupercal, can touch her as he passes. Caesar shares the belief that if a childless woman is touched by one of the holy runners, she will lose her sterility. A soothsayer calls from the crowd warning Caesar to "beware the ides of March," but Caesar pays no attention and departs with his attendants, leaving Brutus and Cassius behind. Cassius begins to probe Brutus about his feelings toward Caesar and the prospect of Caesar's becoming a dictator in Rome. Brutus has clearly been disturbed about this issue for some time. Cassius reminds Brutus that Caesar is merely a mortal like them, with ordinary human weaknesses, and he says that he would rather die than see such a man become his master. He reminds Brutus of Brutus' noble ancestry and of the expectations of his fellow Romans that he will serve his country as his ancestors did. Brutus is obviously moved, but he is unsure of what to do. Several times during their conversation, Cassius and Brutus hear shouts and the sounds of trumpets. Caesar re-enters with his attendants and, in passing, he remarks to Mark Antony that he feels suspicious of Cassius, who "has a lean and hungry look; / He thinks too much. Such men

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