Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Act I:

The play opens with a little word
play between Flavius, Marullus, and a few workers. The workers are on their
way to see Julius Caesar who has recently returned from his victorious
battle against Pompey. The reader immediately sees the dislike the tribunes
have towards Caesar. However, the commoners seem to love Caesar.

The scene moves to a large gathering
where Caesar is the focus. As Caesar converses with Mark Antony, we learn
that Caesar is superstitious. The belief in the supernatural and the forces
of nature are very prevalent in the play, and Caesar\'s comment is but one
example. To keep with the idea of the supernatural, a soothsayer speaks,
warning Caesar to beware the Ides of March. He acts as though he is not
concerned.

After the exchange with the soothsayer,

Caesar is offered the crown three times and refuses each time, even though
the people are cheering for him to accept the empororship. At the same
time, Cassius is trying to convince Brutus that Caesar is too ambitious
and should be killed before being allowed to rule the Roman Empire. Brutus,
always seeking to do what is right, says that he will not betray his honor
and loyalty to Rome.

That evening, there are strange
and unusual natural occurrences--the weather is very strange and violent
and fire falls from the sky. Most of the people believe that the weather
is a bad omen, but Cassius disagrees. He uses the unusual weather to reason
that it is only for evil men (such as Caesar) who need to be afraid. The
plotting against Caesar continues.

Act II:

Brutus is convinced by Cassius that
it is for the good of Rome that Caesar be killed. Some of the other conspirators
want to kill friends of Caesar\'s, but Brutus feels that it is not necessary
to kill anyone else. Only the person responsible for the downfall of Rome
should perish according to Brutus.

Caesar is contemplating on whether
he should remain home during the Ides of March (which is March 15th). Calphurinia,

Caesar\'s wife, tells Caesar of the horrible dream she had about his death
and that the strange occurrences the night before are a prelude of his
death. He agrees to stay until Decius, a conspirator, tells him her dreams
were not of his death, but of him saving Rome. Thus Caesar leaves for the

Senate despite his wife\'s pleas.

Meanwhile, Artemidorus waits in
the streets of Rome for Caesar to pass so he can give him a note warning

Caesar of the conspiracy.

Act III:

Attempts are made to warn Caesar
of the plot to kill him, but none are successful. Caesar is murdered in
the Senate House. Brutus keeps the others from killing anyone else and
they all believe that their deed will be celebrated throughout the ages.

Antony enters and pretends that he agrees with the conspirators actions
and is granted permission to speak at Caesar\'s funeral.

Brutus speaks first at the funeral
to explain their reasons for killing Caesar. The people seem to accept
his explanation and then Antony speaks. Throughout his speech, Antony never
really says anything bad about Brutus and the others, but he talks about

Caesar being such a great and noble man willing to sacrifice all for his
people. The listeners become angry and a mob runs through the streets in
search of the conspirators; they even kill a man because he had the same
name as one of the conspirators.

Act IV:

Battle plans are being made as well
as a list of people supportive of Brutus and the conspirators. These people
are to be killed. Octavius and Antony methodically pick people (even family
members) who are to be executed.

This next part somewhat confused
me. Brutus and Cassius are arguing with each other because Brutus would
not pardon a friend of Cassius caught accepting bribes. It is almost as
if Brutus is mad at Cassius for convincing him to kill Caesar and uses
this to vent his anger. I\'m not really sure if this is true, so don\'t take
it as gospel. Then they make up saying they weren\'t really in there right
minds.

As if things aren\'t bad enough for

Brutus, he finds out that his wife committed suicide by swallowing hot
coals. Later he sees the ghost of Caesar who tells him that they will meet
again in Philippi.

Act V:

The battle is about ready to begin.

First Octavius, Antony, Cassius, and Brutus meet on the battlefield to
talk, but obviously they cannot and will not cooperate. Brutus and Cassius
talk after the meeting about the inevitable battle. They say their farewells
and part. It appears that Brutus has been defeated. Pindarus tells Cassius
that