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Laura Player

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of Hubris

Soothsayer- "Beware the Ides of March."
Caesar- "He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass." (I. ii. 28-29)

Hubris is excessive pride or arrogance which leads to some of the characters' tragic downfall.
Modern Day
Obama with Obamacare
Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda
Rod Blagojevich
Anthony Weiner
Act 1
Casear- "How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia! I am ashamed I did yield to them.
Give me my robe, for I will go." (II. ii. 110-112)
Why does this quote show that Caesar is full of Hubris?
Caesar is showing a lot of self-confidence in this quote because he is seen as a "god" and "gods" don't/shouldn't believe in divination. This as we know foreshadows that his death is on March 15th.
How is Caesar showing Hubris in this quote?
Caesar is showing a lot of self-confidence to Calphurnia as well because he talks down to her. Saying how stupid he was to listen to her. Which shows that he thinks he is better than her. This leads to his death, because if he would have listened, he wouldn't have died.
Act 3
Brutus: "With this I depart: that, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself when it shall please my country to need my death."
Plebeians: "Live, Brutus, live, live!"(III.ii.46-50)
How is Brutus showing Hubris in this quote?
Brutus is being very self-confident in this quote because he knows that the Plebeians won't want him to die so he says this because he is so self-confident in the fact that they will want him to live.
Act 4
Brutus: "We must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures.
Cassius: "The, with your will, go on; we'll along ourselves and meet them at Philippi (IV.iii.254-257).
Brutus is showing hubris here because he is being confident with himself against Octavius and Antony. This leads to his downfall because we know that he dies at Philippi.
How is Brutus showing hubris here?
Act 5
What does it mean to have Hubris?
Cassius: "Flatterers?---Now, Brutus, thank yourself! This tongue had not offended so today If Cassius might have ruled." (V.i.49-51)
How is Cassius showing hubris here?
Cassius is being arrogant saying that if he would have ruled then Antony and Octavius would have respected him and not have spoken that line. He is arrogant here because he KNOWS that if he would have ruled they would have respected him. This leads to Cassius' downfall because ironically Cassius is told that his friend was taken captive by them. And therefore he committed suicide.
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