Act II Characters and Analysis

Marcus Junis Brutus portrayed by James Mason in the 1953 version of Julius Caesar

In this act, Brutus has a lot of trouble deciding whether or not to kill Caesar because they are best friends. This is such a difficult decision for Brutus that he barely gets any sleep. While making his decision he realizes he wants to do what is best for Rome and he thinks Caesar's ego will get in the way of the decisions he makes as a ruler. Eventually, he decides to go along with the plan to kill Caesar because he knows it is best for Rome.

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Lucius is Brutus' servant who finds the letter which helps Brutus make his decision about what to do about Caesar. Lucius is there for Brutus in all of his times of needs and is always offering advice.

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He goes to get Caesar to come with him to go to the Senate house. He is the one that forces Caesar to go to the Senate over the decision he made because of Calphurnia. He slyly took advantage of his ego to bring Caesar to the court so they can finish with their plans.

Gaius Cassius Longinus

Cassius is the main leader of the conspirators. He convinces an manipulates Brutus to join them by forging letters to him.

Publius Sevillius Casca
Publius Sevillius Casca

Another conspirator that is at Brutus' house.

A conspirator, against Caesar, that is at Brutus' house.

A conspirator that is at Brutus' house

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Another one the conspirators that agrees with Brutus.

Portia, Brutus' wife and daughter of a noble Roman, is very worried about him because they are growing distant from each other and he is not telling her anything. She gets very offended that he thinks she is weak because of her sex. He doesn't understand how strong Portia really is. Portia cares for Brutus' safety, and in order for Portia to show her strength and determination, she stabs herself in the thigh.

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He is one of the conspirators that is at Brutus' house tells them that he is fine.

Gaius Julius Caesar

In this act, Caesar ignores the warning signs given to him and shows how egotistical he really is. He cares a lot about what others think of him. He wants to appear strong, brave, and nobel, for those are the qualities a true leader should have. Caesar thinks very highly of himself, which causes him to think nothing will happen to him.

Caesar sends him to the priests to here what's going to happen in the future.

In this act, Caphurnia, Caesar's wife, tries her hardest to warn Caesar about the dreams and feelings she has been having. She, many times, tells Caesar to not go to the Capitol because of her terrible nightmares that held many omens. At first, Caesar listens to her but when a crown is mentioned, his ego takes over and decides to go to the Capitol.

Goes to great Caesar in the morning.

Artemidorus waits in the street for Caesar in order to give him a letter warning him of the conspiracy going on against him.
Caesar, beware of Brutus, take heed of Cassius, come not near Casca, have an eye to Cinna, trust not Trebonius, mark well Metellus Cimber. Decius Brutus loves thee not. Thou has wronged Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Caesar. If thou beest not immortal, look about you. Security gives way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee!
Thy lover, Artemidorus (ll.1-10)

Artemidorus is an interesting character. This is his only scene, the only moment for him to shine. In a more in depth analysis, this is the only character who never harbors bad feelings toward Caesar. His only motive is to save Caesar's life. Everyone else either wanted power, honor, or just simply to have Caesar gone. The great flaw in the letter Artemidorus has for Caesar is that for Caesar to be convinced that his life is in danger, he has to admit that he is simply a man and not some immortal being. Caesar feels like he could never be killed, and in this he shows an extreme amount of overconfidence. It is his overconfidence that gives the conspiracy its oppurtunity.

So what can we infer from this one-line character? Well, considering that Shakespeare gave him only this one scene and that he knows each of the conspirators by name and their plans, we can infer that these plans were relatively public. Caesar must've been among the few who did not know.

Once again, attempts to warn Caesar of his tragic death but Caesar quickly dismisses him.