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Julius Caesar

An easy to understand summary of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
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Jennifer Hughes

on 26 May 2010

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Transcript of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar
Made Easy Act 1 Scene 1 Flavius & Marullus Rome Destroy a statue of Caesar because they think he is growing too powerful, too arrogant and must be stopped. Act 1 Scene 2 A Public Street in Rome Calpurnia, Caesar's wife, cannot have children. The Feast of Lupercalia Ides of March A fortune teller in the crowd tells Caesar to be careful March 15th. Something terrible will happen on this day. Caesar does not believe him. Caesar wants her to be touched by Antony while he runs a race because he thinks it will help her have children. Brutus; Caesar's Best Friend Brutus worries Caesar will be a horrible king. He loves Caesar, but he also worries about the welfare of the people. Cassius; Evil Traitor Cassius gives a lengthy speech, trying to convince Brutus that Caesar must never be king. Brutus says he will sleep on it. Antony & Caesar Antony offers a "crown" to Caesar during the festival. Caesar turns it away three times, which gets the crowd's support.

Why do you think he turns it away??? He wants to look humble. If he turns it away, the crowd will see that he is not a tyrant and does not want the power.

Do you think he wants power?? Or is he being sincere?? Casca Casca tells Cassius and Brutus about the "crown" incident and he thinks Caesar is putting on a show. Cassius has a brilliant idea. While Brutus sleeps, Cassius will send him fake letters, pretending that they are from the Romans. The letters will encourage Brutus to step up and be king because they are afraid of Caesar's power. Act 1 Scene 3 A street in Rome Night time. Storm Ragin'. Casca & Cassius Casca informs Cassius that the senators are going to make Caesar the official King tomorrow. Cassius is not a happy camper. So... He begins plotting... Cassius gives letters to his followers to give to Brutus. These letters encourage Brutus to join the conspirators. The Conspirators: Cassius (The Brains)
Casca (Not So Bright)
Brutus (Poor Fool)
Cinna
Trebonius
Other, Not so Important Men The conspirators plan to meet at Pompey's Porch. If they have Brutus's support, the people will support them as well. Brutus Antony Calpurnia Cassius Act 2 Scene 1 Brutus's Garden Brutus speaks one of the most important and controversial soliloquies in the play "And therefore think him as a sperpent's egg, Which hatch'd would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell." The conspirators show up at Brutus's house. Cassius tries to get permission to allow Cicero, a senator, into the group. Brutus says no. Cassius also suggests killing Antony because he is a supporter of Caesar. Brutus says no. He does not want to be a murderer and there is no need for more conspirators. Early the Next Morning: March 15th After the conspirators leave, Portia comes to speak to her husband. She begs him to tell her what is going on. He promises to tell her everything. Act 2 Scene 2 Caesar's House Middle of the night (March 14 -> 15) Caesar cannot sleep. His wife, Calpurnia, is having awful nightmares about Caesar being murdered. She claims there are bad omens and he must not leave the house.
Lioness gave birth in the street
Graves split open, revealing the dead
Rough thunderstorms all night
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