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Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1

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Transcript of Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene 1

Julius Caesar Act 2, Scene 1 Lines 10 - 34 What has Brutus Just said and why is it significant? - Caesar has never given Brutus a reason to distrust him, but the risk of Caesar becoming a tyrant is too great - This soliloquy develops Brutus' character
- He is cautious and has been considering the pro's and con's of joining the conspiracy Lines 32-34 "And therefore think him as a serpent's egg - / Which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous / And kill him in the shell." What does this statement mean? What stylistic device is being used? Lines 40-45 What do these lines tell us about the current setting of the play? - Some time has passed - it is now the Ides of March
- The stormy weather is still raging, despite the passage of time Lines 46-58 This monologue does not start out as a soliloquy... How do we know this? What are the characteristics of a soliloquy? Do they apply to the first few lines of this monologue? - Character speaking to him or herself
- Reveals the inner thoughts of the character Lines 90-93 What is Cassius doing here? Lines 114-140 What is Brutus saying? - They should not have to make an oath because the idea of Rome falling should be all they need
- Brutus states that only untrustworthy men need to take oaths... Why is this ironic? Line 130... Alliteration! "Such suffering souls" The repetition of a consonant sound in a series of words or phrases Lines 155-189 What is said here? "And for Mark Antony, think not of him, / for he can do no more than Caesar's arm / when Caesar's head is off" Lines 215-220... What has happened? - Metellus and Brutus have mentioned another who will join the conspiracy. Let's keep reading... Lines 234-255... What does this tell us about Portia's character? Line 256... What is Portia asking of Brutus? Lines 261-278... - Portia does not believe Brutus is physically ill, she believes he is troubled in his mind and begs him to confide in her - line 274: Portia asks Brutus about the men who came to visit him, mentioning how they covered their faces even though it was dark This tells us that Portia is observant Lines 300-303 - Portia injures herself to prove her strength What else does this exchange between Portia and Brutus tell us? - They love each other
- Brutus is upset about having to lie to Portia - he is just as devoted to Portia as he is to Rome
- Portia worries and cares deeply for Brutus Let's keep reading... Line 321... What does the kerchief represent? Line 326-327... Ligarius asks Brutus what they are going to do, Brutus responds: "A piece of work that will make sick men whole" What does this mean? Line 333-334...
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