Flavius and Marullus telling the townspeople about Pompey
Flavius and Marullus telling the townspeople about Pompey

Act I Scene I

Characters: Flavius and Marullus

Plot: In this scene, workers or townspeople, were enjoying the parade and celebration for Caesar. Flavius and Marullus do not understand how anyone would want to be on Caesar's side. They begin to question these workers, first with simple questions of their jobs, but then with more direct questions about why they support Caesar, knowing what type of man he is, and how he took Rome by force and not an election as the old leader was. Flavius and Marullus are slowing trying to convince the people of Rome that Caesar is not the person to follow, but it is difficult when the people do not want to see the injustice and corruption of power and would rather keep living their lives under corrupt the system. Finally Flavius and Marullus get so mad that they tell the people to dare down the images of Ceasar.
Analysis: [2] Loyalty and devotion to Caesar is growing greatly. Flavius and Marullus do not like the power that Caesar has over the Romans so they begin to try and weaken Caesar's power before his return. But, everyone is anticipating Caesar's return, even some unlikely people. The outcome of Act I Scene I becomes unexpected when people and their new ideas become known.

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A Roman arena where this scene might take place

Act I Scene II

Characters: Caesar, Antony, Calpurnia, Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, and Casca

Plot: Caesar is present with his wife at a race which his friend, Antony, is participating in. Caesar asks Antony to touch Calpurnia before the race so that Calpurnia will no longer be infertile. During the race Cassius pulls Brutus to talk to him. Cassius is trying see the errors of Caesar in hope of having him join his band of conspirators planning to kill Caesar. Even though Brutus is smart, he is still understands Cassius view and is slowly pulled to their side. Brutus is trying to explain to Cassius that it has nothing to do with his love to Caesar, but for what is best for Rome. Brutus makes it known that he is doing it for the love of rome and not for his own personal gain. The crowds screamed three times and Cassius and Brutus decide to ask Casca what is going on. Casca explains to them how Caesar was offered the crown three different times, and each time he refused. The crowd booed and did not understand his reasoning. Casca also mentions how Caesar fainted during the games showing his human side. By the end of this scene Brutus is on the side of the Conspirators, has self doubt about the whole situation.
Analysis: Caesar is welcomed into the crowd of people, following his return. As he is being welcomed, a Soothsayer comes up to him fortelling his future. This was just one of Caesar's warnings, that he failed to listen to. The failing to listen is just another example of how Ceasar's power has clouded his judgement. Cassius then pulls brutus to the side leading to Cassius attempting to manipulate Brutus by putting Caesar down from Brutus' view. Cassius is telling Brutus how Caesar is a common person and that he is not worthy to be the leader of Rome, but he does it in a obscure way. Brutus slowly understands his view and reinforces his own skepticism of Ceasar. When the crown was offered to Caesar three times, and was refused three times, it was because Caesar was trying to look noble, and not greedy. He wanted to be respected and seem as if he was modest and did not wish to be honored if it was not needed. He was purposely trying to manipulate the crowd into thinking he was being humble and noble.

Act I Scene III

Characters: Casca, Cicero, Cassius, and Cinna

Plot: [1] In this scene, Cassius is trying to get everyone to join in on their plot to kill Caesar. First, he is trying to bring in Casca into the conspirators. Cassius is convincing Casca by explaining all of the bad things that have been going on. Cassius is trying to make it seem as if Caesar is to blame for all of the things that have happened. Casca is being manipulated and drawn onto Cassius' side. Later in the scene, Cassus and Cinna are writing letters telling Brutus how much Caesar is hated. These letters were forged and were told to be from Roman citizens. Cassius and Cinna wrote these letters and had them thrown into Brutus' window anonymously. Cinna explains that with Brutus on their side, they will have the people on their side as well.

Analysis: This scene is portrayed as the beginning of the [1] recruiting of the conspirators. Cassius is slowly getting everyone involved in the assassination of Caesar plan and at first is bringing Casca on their side. As he is manipulating Casca, Cassius is using the fact that the only reason the bad things are happening, such as the omens, is because of Caesar. He is trying to convince Casca that the only way to stop all of the chaos is by killing Caesar. Cassius is then still trying to convince Brutus. Cassius knows that Brutus will not be with the conspirators unless he was tricked. Cassius and another conspirator, Cinna, forge letters from the Romans, bad mouthing Caesar, and get them to Brutus anonymously. They believe that with Brutus on their side, no one can look down on their act because the Romans would see that Brutus would know best. They thought that if Brutus was part of the plot to kill Caesar they would not have to worry about the angry Romans because the Romans would know that Brutus, a best friend to Caesar, would not do anything to him without good reason or without good judgement. Cinna thinks that with Brutus they have all of the Romans behind them as well.
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Bibliography:
[1] http://www.ask.com/bar?q=julius+caesar+by+shakespeare&page=1&qsrc=2417&ab=2&u=http%3A%2F%2Fabsoluteshakespeare.com%2Fguides%2Fcaesar%2Fcaesar.html

[2] http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/juliuscaesar/section1.html