julius caesar act 1 study guide

blank verse a verse that doesnt rhyme and use iambic pantameter
list characters who speak in verse authoritative characters; flavius, murellus, cassius, brutus, caesar
prose ordinary or every day speaking without any structure
list characters who speak in prose common/ordinary characters; carpenter, cobbler, plebians, casca
tradgedy a play/drama that deals with tragic events
pun a form of play on words for a humorous effect
example from act 1, scene 1 cobbler refers to himself as a “mender of bad soles” (I, i, 10-14)
conflict a struggle or problem
external man vs natureman vs societyman vs man
internal man vs self
soliloquy discourse by a character who is talking to himself (often used to disclose a character’s thoughts)
example cassius’s soliloquy about brutus in act 1 scene 2
iambic meter measures by iams
iambic pantameter align qith 5 iams
metaphor a comparison without using like or as
example “You blocks! You stones! You worse than senseless things!” (I, i, 34)
simile comparison using like or as
example “Why man, he doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus, and we petty men / Walk under his huge legs and peep about / To find ourselves dishonourable graves.” (I, ii, 135-138)
what is the setting? what holiday is being celebrated? The setting is Rome. The holiday being celebrated is Lupercal.
who are marullus and flavius? Roman tribunes, people who enforce the law
why do they want to drive the commoners from the street? They do not want Caesar to be celebrated, so they drive everyone from the street so there will be noparade.
what else do marullus and flavius do to further hinder the celebration of caesar’s victory? They order all of the flowers and decorations to be taken down.
what does caesar tell antony to do to calpurnia? Caesar tells Antony to hit Calpurnia with the sheepskin in order to insure her fertility.
why might caesar ask antony in front of everyone else? Caesar may want to show how obedient Antony is, all the while showing how powerful he [Caesar]is.
What is a soothsayer? Of what does he warn Caesar A soothsayer is a fortune teller. He warns Caesar to “Beware the ides of March.”
What does ides mean? middle
Does Marcus Brutus like Caesar? What does Brutus think of Caesar’s rise to power? Use lines from play to support your answer. Brutus likes Caesar as a person, but he is worried that Caesar’s power will go to his head and he willbe a tyrant. (Lines 78‐9; 80‐9)
Brutus says, “For let the gods so speed me as I love / The name of honor more than I fear death.” What do these lines imply about Brutus’s most important value in life? These lines show that Brutus is an honorable person who values his honor above all else. He wants todo what is best for Rome, even if it means he himself will die.
What story does Cassius tell Brutus? Cassius tells Brutus about the time he and Caesar were swimming. Caesar started to drown andcalled for Cassius’s help. Cassius saved him from drowning. After he was saved, Caesar became sickand very whiny.
What is Cassius’s point in telling this story? Cassius told this story to show how weak Caesar actually is. He is not the strong character everyonebelieves him to be.
What is Caesar’s opinion of Cassius? Why does he feel this way? Caesar believes Cassius is very dangerous because he has a “lean and hungry look.” However, he isnot afraid of him because Caesar fears nothing.
. What handicap does Caesar reveal about himself when speaking to Antony? Caesar is deaf in his right ear.
How many times was Caesar offered a coronet, or a small crown? 3 times
What was Caesar’s reaction to the offering, according to Casca? Caesar looks down on the people for their smell and refuses the crown, even though he really wantsit.
. What sickness does Caesar have He has the “falling sickness” or epilepsy
What happens to Marullus and Flavius? they are exiled
What does Cassius plan to do to convince Brutus to conspire against Caesar? He intends to write letters in different handwriting and deliver them to Brutus. That way, Brutus willthink everyone wants him to be king instead of Caesar.
What unusual events occur during the storm? A slave was on fire, but his hand didn’t burn; there was a lion on the steps of the Capitol; womenswore they saw men on fire marching up and down the street; an owl was in the market place in theafternoon.
What meaning does Cassius interpret from the storm? Cassius believes the storm means Caesar should not be king.
According to Casca, what are the senators planning to do to Caesar tomorrow? They are planning to crown him king
Who is definitely part of the conspiracy? 1. Cassius 4. Metellus Cimber2. Casca 5. Decius Brutus 3. Cinna 6. Trebonius

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