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Julius Caesar Notes:

  • The introduction shows a public opinion. It highlights the importance of public opinion.
  • Many symbols throughout the play, e.g. 'plucking' and 'disrobe' portals Caesars authority.
  • Intuiting dialogue between Brutus and Cassius
  • There is the colloquial rose of the plebeians which contrasts with the blank verse of the higher (major character).
  • Caesar believes in individualizing the people like the soothsayer, 'Beware the Ides of March'.
  • Brutus identifies the differences between Caesar and himself.
  • The theme of appearance and reality.
  • The war with himself becomes more apparent at the start of the play then throughout (Brutus).
  • The shouts in the background as Brutus and Cassius speak at the start of the play, advocates Cassius's case.
  • 'for let the gods so speed mean I love the name honor more than I fear death' (Brutus), identifies his priorities
  • Caesars immortality is shown as a myth
  • Juxtaposing his strength – Cassius's two stories about Caesar- weak to strong.
  • Cassius is literally telling Brutus what he wants to hear at the beginning of the play.
  • A linguistic war that occurs throughout the play
  • Cassius mentions history in his convincing speech to manipulate Brutus which is very important to them.
  • There is a contrast – use of bending language- manipulating language- by Cicero.
  • The play humanizes Caesar and their gains the sympathy.
  • Casca is using prose 'I can as well be hanged…' Casca is interpreting Caesar, 'to my thinking'.
  • Public opinion- humans want to glorify a human beyond the limit.
  • Lack of judgment of the public.
  • Casca criticizes the language used.
  • Cassius tries to convince Brutus, physical fragility – demythologizes Caser.
  • He is picking on honor of Rome (Brutus).
  • Anachronistic- the great flood, represents and referring to a Christian background.
  • Preempt the situation
  • Famous for his skepticism and dialogue. He was an orator. (Cicero)
  • Foreboding and foreshadowing when Caesar speaks of 'Cassius' not liking him.
  • Banqueting is what Antony hints.
  • Breaking the natural ordinaries- Status Quo.
  • Cassius is capitalizing the breaking at ordinance.
  • Repetition of 'man' as an oppose to semi-god.
  • Power of intuition- hunch.
  • Cassius is referring to bondmen- this is slavery.
  • P.14 L.173, Cassius 'perhaps speak this…'
  • Extremely manipulent (Cassius)
  • Cassius knows how important public opinion is to Brutus and manipulates that by sending fake letters to him.
  • If you juxtapose Cassius with Casca, you see that Cassius is very good with language.
  • Casca uses proses, and does not understand Cassius who speaks in blank verse.
  • Casca is then narrating – using blank verse.
  • Emphasis on the unnatural events in act 1 scene 3.
  • Theme of reality and perception – illusion – reality – opinion. Lines 34-35 p.16
  • Cassuis exposes the reasoning for the conspiracy it is based on his true perception unlike the other conspirators who done it out of envy and rivalry.
  • Brutus uses highly poetic language and tries to be objective and says he has not seen any vanity in Caesar yet but he fears it will, so he feels he must kill him to before he does.
  • 'speak, strike, redress' – redress: make a mend, put your qualms behind, personal life behind, but u will eventually redeem yourself.
  • The importance of dreams are taken away from the literal meaning to the metaphorical meaning 'hideous dream'.
  • Phantasmal  not an obvious dream- it could be a suggestion on the part of Brutus, that you become more hypnotized.
  •  Appearance and reality- 'hiding their identities' emphasizing the deception when he tells them to 'pretend'.
  • Brutus is typical preacher advocating a typical cause.
  • Brutus is shown his character when he tells them to not swear an oath.
  • Recruit Cicero- he's an old man and he will make them look good says Cassius.
  • P.28
  • We are killing what Caesar stands for killing him, and dismembering him- Brutus
  • Kill him honorably- lets kill in a ritual manner, lets kill him in an honorable way. (Brutus)


  1. Friendship
  2. Honor
  3. Fate
  4. Imagery
  5. Symbolism
  6. Use of language
  7. Appearance and reality
  8. Misinterpretations
  9. Public self v private self
  10. Women
  11. Dreams
  12. politics

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