Julius Caesar - Scene by Scene Analysis

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JULIUS CAESAR
SCENE BY SCENE

ACT 1, SCENE 1
• Flavius is angry that the commoners (crowd) are celebrating Caesar’s return with a holiday. This establishes conflict at the very beginning of the play.
• The cobbler says he is a “mender of bad soles”. This is a pun, as he is a mender of people’s shoes, but he is intentionally making fun of Flavius and Murellus, as he is saying he is a “mender of bad souls”.
• He also says that he “can mend” them. Here he is again making fun of them.
• In lines 31 to 54, Murellus makes a long speech. Speech is an important aspect of Julius Caesar, as is rhetorical question, both of which are found here. The main purpose of his speech is asking why the crowd are happy to see Caesar triumph. He says that the
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He goes on to say that he does “love/The name of honour more than I fear death.”
• Cassius, sensing that Brutus may be catching on to his idea, begins another long dialogue. He says, “I was born free as Caesar, so were you”. He is trying to convey the fact to Brutus that they are all free, equal Romans and that Caesar shouldn’t become worshipped as a god.
• He then goes on to highlight, perhaps harshly, Caesar’s physical weakness and his cowardice. He compares Caesar to a “sick girl” and then says, “it doth amaze me/A man of such a feeble temper should/So get the start of the majestic world”.
• Cassius describes Caesar as a “Colossus”. This was a giant statue. He was reinforcing the point that Caesar sees himself as higher than anyone else.
• He then says one of the most important lines of the play: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in ourselves.” This means that we control our destiny, and astrology, omens and superstitions cannot do this for us. This again shows how many Romans were superstitious.
• Cassius says, “Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that “’Caesar’?”/Why should
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