The audience is given evidence of this at the opening of Scene 2. In what ways has Brutus changed since we saw him in Act I? I but believe it partly; For I am fresh of spirit and resolved To meet all perils very constantly. It is the bright day that brings forth the adder; And that craves wary walking. He thinks his wife is funny. Bear with me; My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me. He reminds Brutus of Brutus' noble ancestry and of the expectations of his fellow Romans that he will serve his country as his ancestors did. But 'tis a common proof, That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; But when he once attains the upmost round.
If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: --Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. This sense of community brings about the values of dedication and loyalty. The soothsayer is termed a dreamer and is dismissed. With this I depart,—that, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death. What is the purpose and effect of having Brutus and Cassius whisper aside? He pretends to not be angry at those who took part in the assassination, and asks to speak at his funeral, a request which he is granted.
Cassius is admitted, with Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius. Hide it in smiles and affability. Caesar does not believe in predictions or the gods. Why, saw you any thing more wonderful? In the novel Senators worried by the amount of power possessed by Julius Caesar think of a plan to get rid of him. Caesar's insight into Cassius' character reveals Caesar to be an intelligent and effective man, but as Caesar leaves the stage he reveals a physical weakness that represents a moral and intellectual weakness: He is deaf in one ear and can hear only one side of the issue — Antony's. People constantly say that it is the thought that counts and that the intentions of the heart mean more than the actions. That is, these three motives just enumerated.
You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then to mourn for him? By any mark of favor: by a special distinction of features. Third Citizen You shall have leave. Antony - I doubt not of your wisdom. Brutus asks him to go check whether the next day is the ides of March, and reads the letter by the light of a meteor shower. I will this night, In several hands, in at his windows throw, As if they came from several citizens, Writings all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name; wherein obscurely Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at: And after this let Caesar seat him sure; For we will shake him, or worse days endure.
First Citizen Stand from the hearse, stand from the body. That is, seem necessary and not malicious. The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins Remorse from power: and, to speak truth of Caesar, I have not known when his affections sway'd 20 More than his reason. What does this interaction between Cassius and Brutus reveal about Brutus' motivations? Three that he uses effectively were ethos, logos, and pathos. Next, Antony would also use logos in his speech to grant facts and reasoning.
And none so poor to do him reverence. He had a fever when he was in Spain, And when the fit was on him, I did mark How he did shake: 'tis true, this god did shake; His coward lips did from their colour fly, And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world Did lose his lustre: I did hear him groan: Ay, and that tongue of his that bade the Romans Mark him and write his speeches in their books, Alas, it cried 'Give me some drink, Tintinius,' As a sick girl. He hath brought many captives home to Rome Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? Caesar is indeed immovable, even the face of overwhelming opposition. He adds that, while Caesar's behavior so far gives no excuse for murder, it seems likely that absolute power will change him. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood. If it were so, it was a grevious fault, And greviously hath Caesar answered it. Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times.
Brutus speaks disapprovingly of Antony's quickness. Brutus is motivated by his friendship with both Caesar and Mark Antony to protect them from the assassination plot. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know. Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar, And let me show you him that made the will. Do you agree with him or with Cassius? You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him? O Rome, I make thee promise: If the redress will follow, thou receivest Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus! Swear priests and cowards and men cautelous, Old feeble carrions and such suffering souls 130 That welcome wrongs; unto bad causes swear Such creatures as men doubt; but do not stain The even virtue of our enterprise, Nor the insuppressive mettle of our spirits, To think that or our cause or our performance 135 Did need an oath; when every drop of blood That every Roman bears, and nobly bears, Is guilty of a several bastardy, If he do break the smallest particle Of any promise that hath pass'd from him.
Now, most noble Brutus, The gods to-day stand friendly, that we may, Lovers in peace, lead on our days to age! Know'st thou any harm's intended towards him? This point of view allowed him to make judgments that assumed only the best of people. That is, some grief that makes you sick. A little later Cassius hears a clock strike three. O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome, Knew you not Pompey? Thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason. After Caesar dies, Brutus tells the crowd that they killed Caesar for the good of Rome and the crowd believes him. Third Citizen Has he, masters? To support my thesis is Brutus is deciding if he should join the conspiracy against Julius Caesar or not to join the conspiracy, this can be proved because Brutus says, I know no reason to spurn him, But for the general. Caesar will definitely become a tyrant because Caesars' gentle personality will allow him to be corrupted.
How like a deer, strucken by many princes, Dost thou here lie! This opening is at the same time a conclusion and thus delicately suggests the longer inner conflict which has been surging in Brutus's soul: it lends the whole monologue its real perspective and depth. Caesar will not become a tyrant because Brutus has never seen Caesar behave as a tyrant. Good Portia, go to bed. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man. All the charactery of my sad brows, etc.