Although Shakespeare was a master of many genres, his history plays are particularly interesting. Perhaps the most fascinating part of these history plays is the fact that they do not completely adhere to history.
The fickleness of the mob is shown in a spirit of comedy; the antagonism of Marullus and Flavius strikes the note of tragedy. Act I, Scene ii, The supreme characters are introduced, and in their opening speeches each reveals his temperament and foreshadows the part which he will play.
The exposition of the situation is now complete. In soliloquy Cassius unfolds his scheme for entangling Brutus in the conspiracy, and the dramatic complication begins.
Act I, Scene iii. Casca, excited by the fiery portents that bode disaster to the state, is persuaded by Cassius to join "an enterprise of honourable-dangerous consequence" lines The conspirators are assigned to their various posts, and Cassius engages to secure Brutus before morning. Act II, Scene i.
He joins the conspirators--apparently their leader, in reality their tool. In lines he pleads that the life of Antony be spared, and thus unconsciously prepares for his own ruin. Act II, Scene ii. Act II, Scene iii. The dramatic interest is intensified by the warning of Artemidorus and the suggestion of a way of escape for the protagonist.
Act II, Scene iv. The interest is further intensified by the way in which readers and spectators are made to share the anxiety of Portia. Against the advice of Cassius, Brutus gives Antony permission to deliver a public funeral oration. The orations of Antony, in vivid contrast to the conciliatory but unimpassioned speeches of Brutus, fire the people and liberate fresh forces in the falling action.
Brutus and Cassius have to fly the city, riding "like madmen through the gates of Rome. Act IV, Scene i. Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus, having formed a triumvirate of which Antony is the master spirit, agree on a proscription list and join forces against Brutus and Cassius, who "are levying powers.
Brutus and Cassius, long parted by pride and obstinacy, meet to discuss a plan of action. Act IV, Scene iii. This is one of the most famous individual scenes in Shakespeare The scene opens with Brutus and Cassius bandying recriminations, and the quarrel of the two generals bodes disaster to their cause.
As the discussion proceeds, they yield points and become reconciled. While the shadow of her tragic passing overhangs the spirits of both, Brutus overhears the shrewd, cautious counsel of Cassius and persuades him to assent to the fatal policy of offering battle at Philippi.
Act V, Scene i.
The antagonists are now face to face. Brutus and Cassius have done what Antony and Octavius hoped that they would do.Read an in-depth analysis of Julius Caesar.
Antony - A friend of Caesar. Antony claims allegiance to Brutus and the conspirators after Caesar’s death in . In Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, one character is gravely underestimated: the playboy, Mark Antony. Discover how this seemingly shallow athlete rises up to defeat Caesar's enemies.
Julius Caesar - A great Roman general and senator, recently returned to Rome in triumph after a successful military campaign. While his good friend Brutus worries that Caesar may aspire to dictatorship over the Roman republic, Caesar seems to show no such inclination, declining the crown several times.
An analysis by Act and Scene of every important event in Julius Caesar and time compression, from Shakespeare Online. Rhetorical Analysis Of Mark Antony 's ' The Funeral Speech ' - In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Mark Antony‘s eloquent and artful funeral speech, is able to persuade and sway the crowd of plebeians to revolt against the conspirators, through the use of a variety of oratory techniques.
Caesar's confiding to Antony at Lupercal indicates that he trusts Antony and looks upon him as a friend in return, perhaps even as a protégé. Antony appears at the Capitol at the beginning of Act III, Scene 1, but he does not speak before Trebonius leads him out.