Like Antony and Cleopatra and CoriolanusJulius Caesar is a dramatization of actual events, Shakespeare drawing upon the ancient Roman historian Plutarch's Lives of Caesar, Brutus, and Mark Antony as the primary source of the play's plot and characters. The play is tightly structured.
Caesar has defeated the sons of the deceased Roman general Pompey, his archrival, in battle. Caesar enters with his entourage, including the military and political figures Brutus, Cassius, and Antony.
Cassius and Brutus, both longtime intimates of Caesar and each other, converse. Cassius tells Brutus that he has seemed distant lately; Brutus replies that he has been at war with himself.
Cassius states that he wishes Brutus could see himself as others see him, for then Brutus would realize how honored and respected he is. Brutus says that he fears that the people want Caesar to become king, which would overturn the republic. Cassius concurs that Caesar is treated like a god though he is merely a man, no better than Brutus or Cassius.
Upon seeing Cassius, Caesar tells Antony that he deeply distrusts Cassius. Caesar departs, and another politician, Casca, tells Brutus and Cassius that, during the celebration, Antony offered the crown to Caesar three times and the people cheered, but Caesar refused it each time.
That night, Rome is plagued with violent weather and a variety of bad omens and portents. Brutus finds letters in his house apparently written by Roman citizens worried that Caesar has become too powerful. A committed supporter of the republic, Brutus fears the possibility of a dictator-led empire, worrying that the populace would lose its voice.
The men agree to lure Caesar from his house and kill him. Cassius wants to kill Antony too, for Antony will surely try to hinder their plans, but Brutus disagrees, believing that too many deaths will render their plot too bloody and dishonor them.
Having agreed to spare Antony, the conspirators depart. She pleads with him to confide in her, but he rebuffs her. Caesar prepares to go to the Senate. His wife, Calpurnia, begs him not to go, describing recent nightmares she has had in which a statue of Caesar streamed with blood and smiling men bathed their hands in the blood.
Caesar refuses to yield to fear and insists on going about his daily business. Finally, Calpurnia convinces him to stay home—if not out of caution, then as a favor to her. But Decius, one of the conspirators, then arrives and convinces Caesar that Calpurnia has misinterpreted her dreams and the recent omens.
Caesar departs for the Senate in the company of the conspirators.The Julius Caesar play is set in Rome in 44 BCE. Later scenes are set on various battlefields around Italy. Rome was the centre of the world at the time and controlled a . Oct 12, · Check out William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Video SparkNote: Quick and easy Julius Caesar synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the play.
Near the end of Julius Caesar, lessons appear to have been learned and Brutus seems to have received his proper due, but audience must not forget that the final speakers, Antony and Octavius, have not always been truthful men and may not be in the future.
The ambiguity of the ending of this play is characteristic of Shakespeare's work. Plot summary of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: The tribunes, Marullus and Flavius, break up a gathering of Roman citizens who seek to celebrate Julius Caesar's triumphant return from war.
The victory is marked by public games in which Caesar's friend, Mark Antony, takes part. Home / Shakespeare Play Summaries / Julius Caesar Plot Summary.
Only Octavius is an antagonist to Brutus; Mark Antony plays a minor role in the play. Mark Antony poses problems for and works against Brutus, who strives to live the Republic's ideals. THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: ACT STUDY. PLAY. Mark Antony and Caesar vs.
Octavius and Brutus it recalls the disagreement between Mark Antony and Octavius in act 4 over Lepidus' suitability for a role in the Second Triumvirate.
It also foreshadows the future downfall of Rome as a result of their.