Shakespeare's Julius Caesar with explanatory notes. Does Caesar listen to his wife?. The difference can mainly be seen in Act II, scene i (Brutus and Portia) and Act II, scene ii (Caesar and Calpurnia). Portia talks to Brutus as though she were his. The Julius Caesar characters covered include: Brutus, Julius Caesar, Antony, Nevertheless, Caesar's ambition ultimately causes him to disregard her advice.
Things others say about them: He keeps this secret from his trusted wife. He dislikes the fact that Caesar has become like a king in the eyes of the Roman citizens and leads his friend Brutus to believe that Caesar must die. He is impulsive and deceptive, sending Brutus forged letters to convince him to murder Caesar.
He is shrewd and understands how the political world works but his friendship with Brutus means a lot to him. Despite never believing in omens, he starts to see signs of failure and loses confidence. When he senses defeat in battle, he knows it is time to die and kills himself with the blade that stabbed Caesar. Facts we learn about Cassius at the start of the play: He does not think Caesar deserves the power he has got. He once saved Caesar from drowning and considers him physically weak.
His dislike of Caesar appears to be more personal than that of Brutus. He wants Brutus to believe these things too. Such men are dangerous. The last of all the Romans, fare thee well. He begins the play as a victorious leader returning from battle.
The people of Rome even offer to make him king and he seems to enjoy his power, even though he refuses the crown. Seen as too ambitious by the conspirators, he is eventually murdered by them to protect Rome and its ideals as a republic. Facts we learn about Caesar at the start of the play: He has led an army to victory over Pompey.
This scene between Calpurnia and Caesar and the similar one between Portia and Brutus should be compared with reference to differences of character in the actors which the dialogue brings to light.
It is now nearly eight o'clock, and the ides of March has come. Not in its modern sense, but "dressing-gown," as usually in Shakespeare. Nor heaven nor earth: That is, their opinions as to the outcome, -- as to what will succeed or happen, -- if Caesar goes forth.
Shakespeare often omits the verb "go" in this and similar expressions. Later we find "We'll along ourselves"; "We must out and talk"; "I will myself into the pulpit"; etc. Ghosts were believed to have the power of speech, as we see later in this play. In connection with these lines, it is interesting to read the words of Horatio in "Hamlet," a tragedy written about the same time as "Julius Caesar.
Whose end is purposed: Are to the world, etc. That is, these prophecies apply just as much to the world in general as they do to Caesar.
Julius Caesar Act 2 Scene 2 - Calpurnia begs Caesar not to go to the Senate
See line of the last scene, and note. In modern usage this would be " would," but it was the regular form for the simple future in EUzabethan English. Danger personified and I. Do you see why? More often the poet uses the word in its present meaning. Pronounced here, and again in act III, as a three syllable word, -- sta-tu-a.
How should it be treated in line 85 below? Where did Cassius speak of "lusty sinews"? That is, the meaning of your dream has been explained entirely incorrectly. This is an allusion to the old custom of dipping handkerchiefs in the blood of great men, especially of saints and martyrs, and then preserving them as relics.
That is, my love for, or interest in, your advancement, -- your career. Reason which would have kept me from speaking so frankly is subject to, subordinate to, my love. Or, as Rolfe puts it, "My love leads me to indulge in a freedom of speech that my reason would restrain. Five hours earlier, Cassius said, "The clock hath stricken three.