Julius Caesar Act V

Which four characters finally confront one another in Scene I of Act V? Brutus and Cassius vs Mark Antony and Octavius
What are the results of the first round of battle at Philippi? In the end, who triumphs over whom? Cassius’ men are captured, but Brutus and his men were winning over Octavius’ group. In the end, Octavius and Antony win it all
What mistaken assumptions lead to Cassius’s death? Pindarus mistakingly assumes that Titinius has been taken by the enemy, Octavius and Antony, when in fact that’s not true; Brutus was actually winning, and his men were gathered around Titinius celebrating their little advance over Octavius’ men. Therefore, Cassius takes his own life because he felt responsible for (what he thought) was Titinius’ death
Why does Brutus think he must commit suicide? Once Brutus sees Cassius’ dead body, he knows it is all over with. Therefore, he takes his own life because he feels that would be better than going back to Rome as a slave
How do Antony and Octavius react to Brutus’s death? Octavius and Antony look at Brutus’ death in a positive way. They believe he was the most honorable man of all the conspirators. They even decide to bury Brutus with military honors.
In this tragedy the plot’s rising action peaks at the climax, the moment of greatest tension, when we find out how the conflict will be resolved. Identify the play’s climax. The climax of the play is the death of both Cassius and Brutus
In the resolution, the last scene, why is it significant that Octavius delivers the play’s final speech? It is fitting and right for Octavius to give the final speech of the play because he will become ruler of Rome
In Scene 3, Cassius’s death scene, identify at least three examples of irony, a turn of events that is contrary to our expectations. In Scene 3 of Act V, here are a few ironical events:a. Cassius kills himselfb. Titinius kills himself when he sees Cassius dead
Look at Scenes 3 and 5 and the dying words of Cassius and Brutus. How does each man view Caesar’s murder? Do you think each man had a choice other than suicide? Explain. Each man takes his own life. However, Cassius does NOT regret taking Caesar’s life. Brutus, on the other hand, regrets having murdered Caesar, so he can die in peace
Brutus makes two mistakes-one in Act II and one in Act Ill-that stem from his idealized vision of the assassination and his self-image as an “honorable man.” What are these errors, and how do they lead to Brutus’s tragic downfall? In Act II, Brutus spares Mark Antony’ life when he should have killed him when he killed Caesar. In Act III, he allowed Mark Antony to speak alone to the people of Rome at Caesar’s funeral. Both of these actions lead to Brutus’ downfall
In Aristotle’s essay the Poetics, he describes the tragic hero as a person more noble than evil, whose fortunes go from good to bad, someone with a character flaw that leads to his downfall. Does Brutus fit this description, or is the tragic hero someone else-perhaps Caesar? Do you think, instead, that the play lacks a tragic hero? Defend your answer. Brutus does fit some of the characteristics of a tragic hero. He is noble and honorable in his intentions to do right by Rome, but at the same time, he does make mistakes, and he is flawed, thereby, causing his own downfall
Few words inspired such anxiety in the ancient Romans as the word king. Consider these questions about king-ship: Were the anxieties of Brutus and others about Caesar’s potential “king-ship” justified? How do you think Shakespeare’s audience, living under the strong and stable monarchy of the aging Queen Elizabeth I, might have felt about choosing between dictator-ship and anarchy? How do you think American audiences of today feel about this issue? We, as Americans, support a republic, a democracy, which means a government of the people, for the people, and by the people

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