Act 2 Scene 1 in William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar is a very important one. It is where Brutus reflects about tyranny, power and its nature, and Julius Caesar. He also receives an anonymous letter asking him to “Speak, Strike, Redress!” against Caesar for the good of Rome. Eventually he meets with the rest of the conspirators and they discuss Caesars assassination.
The atmosphere in Act 2 Scene 1 is almost a little bit shifty and sly in comparison to the rest of the play. Brutus is thinking out loud in his own orchard, in the privacy of his own home. It is late, “it is not day”. Cassius and the other conspirators show up at his front gate wearing “hats are plucked around their ears, and half their faces buried in their cloaks, by no means I discover them”. Only when they are inside the gates, they reveal and introduce themselves. The rest of the scene seems to be official and political, all of the conspirators being welcomed by Brutus, talking about how they will go about assassinating Caesar. It differs from act one in the way that Act 1 was very out in the open, and relatively double sided. This extra sense of privacy adds slyness about the entire affair.
Cassius appeals to Brutus’ with his sense of duty and honour and his love for Rome. He also cleverly appeals to Brutus’ ego and sense of importance. Brutus’ sense of pride allows Brutus to overlook and justify the assassination of his mentor, friend, leader and fellow Roman. He also justifies actions with the idea of Caesars possible betrayal of Rome, the Roman government and the Roman citizens. Brutus clearly states that he has ‘no personal cause to spurn him [Caesar]’, that Caesar has done nothing to Brutus to give him reason to kill him, but it is more of a general concern. He thinks that Caesar may become a danger to the ‘general good’ and the public welfare. He philosophises and has an entire soliloquy about power and what happens when people are given a position of high authority, in...
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