Julius Caesar Reading Questions
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Act I, scene i.
1. How does Shakespeare make the common people appear to be less than noble? Well, he basically brings on a sudden introduction. This introduction quite shocked me simply because the way these two characters started. Shakespeare didn’t waste no time as to introducing the actual characters. Shakespeare made the common people noble because of the way Cobbler and Marallus start their conversation. This includes the short line of the carpenter, which makes it even more important. In this scene, by far Cobbler is represented as a very highly characterized or noble man. You can see by the dialogue itself.
2. What are the people doing that angers Marullus and Flavius? Why does this anger them? The people are out in the streets. Flavius and Marullus are upset simply because they wanted the people to work today. They’re wasn’t such a holiday neither. People actually wanted to take the day off because they wanted to celebrate with Caesar and his victory. This made Flavius and Marullus furious. “Wherefore Rejoice? What conquest brings he home?” These were just a couple of lines of what Marullus started to respond. In this part the Cobbler also took a big role. He informs the reader as to what is going on in the scene. The first excuse as to why they were outside was that he mentioned that he didn’t have any work to do. So he told everybody to where they’re shoes out so he would have some work to accomplish. I liked this character a lot. He was claiming acts of everybody to himself. 3. What actions do Marullus and Flavius take to correct the situation? Flavius and Marullus took two different routes. Flavius told Marullus to take off any statue of Caesar with decorations on them. Marullus was declining in the beginning. He thought about the Feast of Lupercal. What was going to happen? Flavius also told the country-men that because of this fault of his, he needed to gather all the poor people and take them to the Banks of Tiger.
Act I, scene ii.
4. Why does Caesar want Calphurnia to stand in Antony's path during the race in honor of the feast of Lupercal? The reason why Caesar’s tells him this is simply because he told Antony that,” as the wise men say if a women is to be touched during the race, it is the best cure for the sterility of a women. 5. What is Antony's response to Caesar's instructions? What does this suggest about their relationship? He had responded by saying that if Caesar say’s it, make sure it is done. 6. What is Caesar's reaction to the soothsayer's warning?
He thought of nothing about it. Caesar didn’t pay any attention as to what the fortuneteller was telling Caesar. When Caesar said, “Let’s move on, he’s a dreamer,” the fortuneteller didn’t really respond back. The fortuneteller was faded out after that point. 7. What complaint does Cassius make about Brutus's behavior towards him? How does Brutus answer this complaint? Cassius said to Brutus, that he was to stiff and formal with your old friend. This worried Cassius a lot. Brutus said that, don’t look at me lately I’ve been frowning at myself. He’s been at odds with himself about some personal matters that he has. 8. Cassius's story attacks what aspect of Caesar's makeup? What is this attack supposed to say to Brutus? Out of the story that he stated in the story made me wonder many aspects as to what’s...
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