Shakespeare’s account of the Roman general Julius Caesar’s murder by his friend Brutus is a meditation on duty. First performed around 1599, when the English royal succession was uncertain, Julius Caesar confronts the dangers of political turmoil. Read a Character Analysis of Brutus, Full Plot Summary, and important Quotes.
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- What are Flavius and Murellus angry about at the beginning of the play?
- Why does Caesar decide to go to the Senate despite his wife’s warnings?
- Why does Brutus allow Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral?
- How does Cassius die?
- Was assassinating Caesar the right decision?
- Why does Cassius hate Caesar?
- What is the significance of the comet?
- Why does Caesar refuse the crown when Antony offers it to him?
- What happens to Murellus and Flavius?
- Why does Antony shake hands with the conspirators?
- Why does Caesar’s will have such a powerful impact on the plebeians?
- What happens to Portia?
- How are Octavius and Caesar related?
- Why does Brutus refuse to swear an oath?
- Why does Brutus kill himself?
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