Julius Caesar Act III

What reason does Caesar give for not reading Artemidorus’ letter? Caesar says personal matters can wait.
What role does Trebonius play in the conspiracy? Trebonius keeps Marc Antony out of the way.
What role does Metellus Cimber play in the conspiracy? Metellus fetches Caius Ligarius; he proposes a suit and asks for the release of his brother from banishment.
What role does Casca play in the conspiracy? Casca stabs Caesar first.
What is Caesar’s opinion of himself? Caesar believes he is like the Northern Star, meaning he is constant and firm in his decisions. He’s unmovable.
What does “Et tu, Brute?” mean? How do these words related to the theme of friendship in the play? “Et tu, Brute?” means “Even you, Brutus?” in Latin. These words define the betrayal in the friendship between Brutus and Caesar. (Or it shows that Caesar valued his friendship with Brutus so much that if Brutus felt he should die, then he would do so.)
Where does Caesar’s dead body lie? How is this ironic? Caesar’s body lies under the statue of Pompey; ironic because he was thought to have defeated Pompey
What does Brutus tell the conspirators to do after killing Caesar? Brutus tells them not to run and to dip their hands in Caesar’s blood while crying “Peace, freedom, and liberty!”
What promise does Brutus tell the servant to relay to Antony? Brutus promises to do no harm to Antony while they talk.
What does Antony say about the possibility of being killed by the conspirators? Antony would be honored to be killed by the same men who killed his friend. He would die happily by Caesar’s side. He says he has never been more ready to die.
After being assured he is in no danger, what favor does Antony ask of the conspirators? Antony asks them if he could speak at Caesar’s funeral.
What does Cassius think about granting Antony this favor? Cassius is afraid that the citizens will be persuaded by what Marc Antony has to say at the funeral.
What restrictions does Brutus set? Brutus says that he will speak first and that Antony must only speak of positive things. Antony must also say that he has Brutus’s permission to speak.
Summarize Antony’s main points in his speech to Caesar’s body? No one is around, and Antony promises to avenge Caesar’s death.
Who is coming to Rome to meet with Antony? Octavius, Caesar’s adopted son, is coming to Rome.
According to Brutus’s speech to the commoners, what reasons does he give for Caesar’s death? Brutus says Caesar was too ambitious. He says that he loved Caesar, but he loved Rome more; he was trying to protect the general welfare. Brutus states the citizens would have become slaves under Caesar’s rule.
What is the mood of the crowd as Brutus finishes his speech? The crowd praises Brutus and wants to crown Brutus as the new king.
What does Brutus offer at the end of his speech? Brutus offers the citizens his life.
List 3 points of Antony’s speech that work to persuade the crowd to turn on the conspirators. 1. Antony lists the reasons why Caesar was not ambitious.2. The will of Caesar is read to the crowd.3. Antony shows the crowd Caesar’s body by removing his toga and describes the feeling of betrayal and pity.
What reason does Antony give for why he cannot read Caesar’s will? Antony says that the will will anger the crowd, and it is not proper to know how Caesar loved his citizens. Antony fears that he has overstepped the boundaries and wronged the conspirators by mentioning the will.
What has Caesar bequeathed the Romans in his will? Caesar gives each citizen 75 drachmas, or silver coins, an he opened his parks and gardens for public use.
How does the crowd react to Antony’s speech? The crowd is so angry that they set out to kill the conspirators.
What happens to Cinna the Poet and why? Cinna dies because he bears the same name as Cinna, the conspirator.

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