In Act 1, scene I, lines 33-53, what do you learn about the conflict that has already occurred between Pompey and Caesar?
Caesar defeated Pompey and then killed him.
In Act 1, Scene I, lines 33-75, what do you learn about how Flavius and Marullus feel about Caesar’s return?
They don’t share the common people’s enthusiasm and happiness to celebrate Caesar’s victory. They hate him for killing Pompey.
What do you learn about Caesar’s character from his behavior in the following situations in Act 1, Scene ii?
1) Soothsayer’s warning- He is overconfident, scornful, and ignorant of the dangers coming his way.
2) His description of Cassius- He is a very shrewd judge of character.
3) His reaction to the crown- he pretends he does not want to be king, while he actually does. He covets the crown.
What do you learn about the characters of Cassius and Brutus in Act 1, Scene ii?
Brutus is personable, sincere, loyal, well respected, and dedicated to the common good. He is insecure.
Cassius is trying to manipulate him.
How does the dialogue between Cassius and Brutus in Act 1, Scene ii, establish the conflict that will drive the rest of the play?
Cassius is trying to recruit Brutus into a plot of overthrowing Caesar.
In Act 1, Scene I, lines 31-33, the cobbler states his reason for being in the street: “But indeed, sir, we make holiday to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph.” What sort of triumph is Caesar having?
He defeated and killed Pompey.
He returned to Rome as a victorious general.
In lines 65-66 of Act 1, Scene ii, Flavius tells Marullus to remove decorations from the statues. Marullus questions him in line 67-68, saying it is the feast of Lupercal. What and when is the feast of Lupercal?
It is an ancient Roman festival.
At the opening of Act 1, Scene ii, Antony is dressed “for the course,” or for a race. A. Why is a race being held? B. Why does Caesar tell Antony to touch Calpurnia during the race?
A race is being held, as part of Lupercal’s activities.
-; Caesar wants Calpurnia to touch him, so he can be fertile.
What date is the ides of March?
In lines 55-62 of Act 1, Scene ii, Cassius flatters Brutus to persuade him to oppose Caesar. Express what Cassius says.
Ashamed he can’t see his quality’s of his reflection of his face.
In lines 28-32 of Act 1, Scene iii, Casca interprets the strange natural events that have been occurring in Rome since Caesar returned. Express what he says.
He sees flaming men, lions, and various insomniac (sleepless) birds.
In Act I, Scene i, of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the tribunes Flavius and Marullus scold the common people for decorating Caesar’s statues. Why do you think Shakespeare chose to begin the play with this scene?
It shows the conflict in Rome, and the conflicting opinion about Caesar in both the plebeians and the patricians.
-> showed how willing the people were to believe in a new leader of Rome.
-> the nobles believed that Caesar would become drunk with power.
Toward the end of Act I, Scene i, of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Marullus announces, “You know it is the feast of Lupercal.” Why is it important to know that this feast takes place on February 15?
It gives a setting, and tells you it is exactly one month before he is killed.
In Act I, Scene ii, of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Brutus says, “I love / the name of honor more than I fear death.” What do Brutus’s words suggest about his character?
He cares more about the people of Rome then he does for himself. He would rather die then have Rome fall.
Honor ; life
In Act I, Scene ii, Cassius says about Caesar, “. . . he doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus.” According to the footnote, what is the significance of this comparison?
He is comparing himself to Apollo, the God of the Sun.
In Act I, Scene ii, of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Cassius talks about Brutus’s ancestor, who helped drive out the last king of Rome, Tarquin the Proud. Why does Cassius bring up the ancestor, especially in this conversation with Brutus?
He is implying that Brutus owes it to Rome, to prevent Caesar from becoming king.
Toward the end of Act I, Scene ii, Casca describes Caesar’s behavior when Caesar is offered the crown three times.
What does his behavior suggest about why Caesar is a successful politician?
He manipulates the masses and controls the crown.
He at first pushes it away, then pushes it away gently, then he feints at its sight.
In Act I, Scene ii, Brutus responds to Cassius’s criticism of Caesar. What internal conflict does Brutus show?
He does not want to betray Caesar, yet Brutus does not approve of Caesar’s ambition.
If someone gave you a prodigious helping of pasta, would you become full or remain hungry? Explain your answer, based on the meaning of prodigious in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Prodigious is enormous, so I would continue to stay full.
Does the climax of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar occur during Act I? Explain your answer, based on the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy.
Act I is only exposition. The Climax always happens in Act V.
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