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Julius Caesar Act 4
Transcript of Julius Caesar Act 4
This conflict helps to thicken the general plot. Brutus:
"On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves
Or lose our ventures." Brutus expresses his displeasure about the way things are going to his servant, and talks about how harsh Cassius is being. Cassius then arrives, and him and Brutus decide to go into the next room to discuss their issues. There is no main conflict in this scene. Because act 4 is mainly a transitioning act, most of the conflicts are covert, not overt. They add on to the undercurrent of tension. Brutus:
“...But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
Make gallant show and promise of their mettle...” Brutus: Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemned to have an itching palm,
To sell and mart your offices for gold
Cassius: "I an itching palm”! Brutus is extremely angry at at his brother, Cassius, for being such a poor leader. They exchange some hurtful words, but make up in the end. This conflict reveals tensions between the two commanding officers. In these line Brutus is using a metaphor.
He compares the situation that he and his army are
in to that of a ship on a full sea. In these lines,the words "hollow men, like horses hot at hand" is both an alliteration and a simile. The repetition of the consonant H makes it an alliteration, while the comparison of men and horses using the word "like"makes it a simile. Brutus is saying to Cassius that he is acting like a horse at the beginning of a race being cocky and phony, but once the race starts people will see who he really is. Brutus angrily castigates Cassius for his corruption and greed. After a couple of minutes they both calm down and makes up, then Brutus informs Cassius that Portia had died. Then Massala comes in to inform the two that Antony and Octavius’ armies are approaching. Brutus and Cassius decide that they will meet the enemy at Philippi. After everybody but Brutus goes to bed, the ghost of Caesar appears to Brutus and promises to see them at Philippi. THE END This is a metaphor saying that Cassius is greedy and loves money with no use of like or as, but instead the phrase "itching palm" is used. Brutus's dermatological metaphor implies that Cassius's desire for gold is unconscious and compulsive. Cassius doesn't think so.