Julius Caesar: Act III Reading and Study Guide

What reason did Caesar give for not reading Artemidorus’s letter? What concerns himself should be dealt with last. The people of Rome come first.
What roles do Trebonius, Metallus Cimber, and Casca do in the conspiracy? Trebonius: lures Marc Antony away from CaesarMetellus Cimber: Speaks to Caesar about lifting exile on M.C.’s brother to distract him.Casca: First to stab Caesar
What is Caesar’s opinion of himself? Fair and unmoving like a north star. Does not change his mind.
What does “Et tu, Brute?” mean? How do these words relate to the theme of friendship in the play? “and you too, Brutus?” It shows Caesar values his friendship with Brutus so much that if Brutus sees fit for Caesar to die, he will.
Where does Caesar’s dead body lie? How is this ironic? Foot of Pompey’s statue. Ironic bc he killed Pompey.
What does Brutus tell the conspirators to do after killing Caesar? He wants them to bathe their hands in Caesar’s blood.
What promise does Brutus tell the servant to relay to Antony? Antony wont be hurt or killed.
What does Antony say about the possibility of being killed by the conspirators? If they want to kill him, do it now.
After being assured he is in no danger, what favor does Antony ask of the conspirators? He wants to speak at Caesars funeral and carry his body out for all to see
What does Cassius think about granting Antony this favor? He thinks Antony will make people turn against the conspirators
What restrictions does Brutus set? Brutus will speak first and tell the people why they killed Caesar. Antony is not allowed to speak against the conspirators.
Summarize Antony’s main points in his speech to Caesar’s body? He is still loyal to Caesar and will avenge Ceasar’s death. “Let slip the dogs of war.”
Who is coming to Rome to meet Antony? Octavius Caesar
According to Brutus’s speech to the commoners, what reasons does he give for Caesar’s death? Brutus loves Rome more than he loved Caesar. Caesar was too ambitious and would have made them slaves.
What is the mood of the crowd as Brutus finishes his speech? They agree with Brutus and think he did the right thing.
What does Brutus offer at the end of his speech? His dagger so they can kill him if they disagree with him killing Caesar.
List three points of Antony’s speech that work to persuade the crowd to turn on the conspirators. 1. Caesar wasn’t ambitious (refused crown 3 times and cried at others sufferings)2. Brings up Caesars will but refuses to read it.3. Calls the conspirators “honorable.” Tone of voice and evidence suggests otherwise.
What reason does Antony give for why he cannot read Caesar’s will? Crowd will go crazy when they hear how much he loved them. They will want to kill the conspirators, and he has promised not to speak against them.
How does the crowd react to Antony’s speech? They want the conspirators to pay for what they did to Caesar.
What happens to Cinna the Poet? Why? Angry mob kills him because they think he is Cinna the conspirator. Even when they know he is not, they kill him out of anger.
Allusion and an example Reference to something well known in the past. Caesar says something to elevate himself to god status
Verbal irony and an example A character says something and another character is unaware. Example would be Antony saying he is not a good speaker, comparing himself to Brutus.

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