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The Events in Brutus’s tent

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Danni The Events in Brutus's tent (act 4 scenes 2 and 3) have been considered to be the most exciting and engaging episode of the play Julius Caesar written by William Shakespeare. This is because the scene is an emotional roller coaster, it starts with an argument between Brutus and Cassius which slowly builds to a climax where the two finally reconcile. Then the drama builds again through the announcement of portias death and the arrival and departure of Caesar's ghost. The variety of events keeps the audience on the edge of their seats one minute and crying with emotion for Brutus the next. However Despite the tension and high drama in this scene I think that Act 2 Scene 1 is more engaging because of the supernatural goings on and the spooky appearance of the conspirators. The beginning of the scene is very dramatic, the scene has changed from Rome this will get the audiences attention. There are drumbeats in the background that build up tension. In the previous scene Anthony was preparing for war which was quite dramatic for the audience and then a quick change of scene with a dramatic start will have been very exciting for the audience. ...read more.

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Cassius brings the Drama to a climax by offering Brutus his dagger and telling him to cut out his heart out. "There is my Dagger and here my naked breast;" Brutus cannot keep up the disapproval of Cassius and laughs at Cassius. "Sheathe your dagger Be angry when you will, it shall have scope; Do what you will, dishonor shall be humor." This shows that Brutus cannot stay angry for too long and this is a big release of tension for the audience. When Brutus and Cassius embrace they are very emotionally generous. Brutus even goes as far as to mention his heart. This will be very moving for the audience as well as a huge release of tension after all the arguing. The poet's meddling is a good comic relief and releases more tension. But this also shows that Brutus is quite impolite as he dismisses the poet for trying to help him. Just as the audience is feeling relaxed and happy again, Brutus confides in Cassius about portias death making the atmosphere dramatic again, Brutus Confides in Cassius to explain to him why he was angry, "Oh Cassius I am sick of many grief's" When Titinius and Messala enter, giving news of Anthony and Octavius back in Rome this reminds the audience about what is going on and brings the audience back to the present. ...read more.

Conclusion

We see Brutus being unsure of what he is doing again because he does not see him self as part of them, "they are the faction" Everything about the conspirators is dramatic like the way they are out very late at night in a storm. Also Cassius is a sort of ringleader because he organized it but Brutus is respected more by the conspirators and compared to Cassius Brutus is the voice of reason and holds more power in the plan. For example when Cassius wants to kill mark Anthony Brutus persuades the conspirators not to, "For Anthony is but a limb of Caesar" When Portia enters it is dramatic because we know something that the character doesn't. Also we see another side of Brutus, while he is trying to hide the conspiracy, he doesn't like upsetting her he flatters her. "Good Portia go to bed" He acts worried about her, "It is not for your health thus to commit Your weak condition to the raw cold morning." Eventually he agrees to tell her what is going on later. All this is different to the strong and valiant conspirator Brutus, here we see him as a loving husband. In Conclusion, Both scenes are Very powerful and effectively dramatic but despite the emotional roller coaster in Act 4 scenes 2 and 3 in my opinion Act 2 scene 1 was more dramatic and engaging for the Audience. ...read more.

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