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Julius Caesar
Act 2, scene 2

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Caesar’s assassination is just the halfway point of Julius Caesar. The first part of the play leads to his death; the…

Act 1, scene 1

In Rome the people are taking a holiday to celebrate the triumphant return of Julius Caesar. The tribunes Marullus and…

Act 1, scene 2

A soothsayer advises Caesar that the fifteenth of March will be a dangerous day for him. When Caesar and others…

Act 1, scene 3

Casca, meeting Cicero, describes the marvels visible in the streets that night and suggests that the marvels foretell important events…

Act 2, scene 1

Brutus anxiously ponders joining the conspiracy against Caesar. When he is brought one of the unsigned letters that Cassius has…

Act 2, scene 2

It is now the fifteenth of March. Calphurnia, Caesar’s wife, persuades him to stay home because she fears for his…

Act 2, scene 3

Artemidorus waits in the street for Caesar in order to give him a letter warning him of the conspiracy.

Act 2, scene 4

Portia, who has been told of the conspirators’ plan to kill Caesar, waits anxiously for news of their success. She…

Act 3, scene 1

In the street Caesar brushes aside Artemidorus’s attempt to warn him of the conspiracy. Once inside the Capitol, the conspirators…

Act 3, scene 2

Brutus explains to the people that the cause of Caesar’s assassination was the preservation of the Roman Republic from Caesar’s…

Act 3, scene 3

Cinna the poet is attacked and killed by the Roman mob because his name is the same as that of…

Act 4, scene 1

Antony, Lepidus, and Octavius meet to condemn to death those who may oppose them. Sending Lepidus for Caesar’s will, Antony…

Act 4, scene 2

Brutus and Cassius each feel wronged by the other. They prepare to withdraw from the view of their armies to…

Act 4, scene 3

Brutus and Cassius exchange accusations in Brutus’s tent. They grow angry with each other but are quickly reconciled, and Brutus…

Act 5, scene 1

The opposing armies confront each other at Philippi. Before the battle, Brutus and Cassius exchange insults with Antony and Octavius….

Act 5, scene 2

Brutus sends Messala to throw all Brutus’s legions into the battle.

Act 5, scene 3

Cassius, mistakenly believing that the battle has been lost and that Titinius has been taken captive, orders Pindarus to kill…

Act 5, scene 4

Brutus’s forces are defeated in the second battle. Lucilius calls attention to himself and away from Brutus by announcing himself…

Act 5, scene 5

Brutus begs four of his followers to assist him in his suicide. All but the fourth decline. Brutus kills himself….

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Scene 2
Thunder and lightning. Enter Julius Caesar in his
nightgown.


CAESAR 
 Nor heaven nor Earth have been at peace tonight.
 Thrice hath Calphurnia in her sleep cried out
 “Help ho, they murder Caesar!”—Who’s within?

Enter a Servant.

SERVANT My lord.
CAESAR 
5 Go bid the priests do present sacrifice,
 And bring me their opinions of success.
SERVANT I will, my lord.He exits.

Enter Calphurnia.

CALPHURNIA 
 What mean you, Caesar? Think you to walk forth?
 You shall not stir out of your house today.
CAESAR 
10 Caesar shall forth. The things that threatened me
 Ne’er looked but on my back. When they shall see
 The face of Caesar, they are vanishèd.
CALPHURNIA 
 Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies,
 Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
15 Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
 Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
 A lioness hath whelpèd in the streets,
 And graves have yawned and yielded up their dead.
 Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the clouds
20 In ranks and squadrons and right form of war,
 Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol.
 The noise of battle hurtled in the air,
 Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan,

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 And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets.
25 O Caesar, these things are beyond all use,
 And I do fear them.
CAESAR  What can be avoided
 Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?
 Yet Caesar shall go forth, for these predictions
30 Are to the world in general as to Caesar.
CALPHURNIA 
 When beggars die there are no comets seen;
 The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of
 princes.
CAESAR 
 Cowards die many times before their deaths;
35 The valiant never taste of death but once.
 Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
 It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
 Seeing that death, a necessary end,
 Will come when it will come.

Enter a Servant.

40 What say the augurers?
SERVANT 
 They would not have you to stir forth today.
 Plucking the entrails of an offering forth,
 They could not find a heart within the beast.
CAESAR 
 The gods do this in shame of cowardice.
45 Caesar should be a beast without a heart
 If he should stay at home today for fear.
 No, Caesar shall not. Danger knows full well
 That Caesar is more dangerous than he.
 We are two lions littered in one day,
50 And I the elder and more terrible.
 And Caesar shall go forth.
CALPHURNIA  Alas, my lord,
 Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.

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 Do not go forth today. Call it my fear
55 That keeps you in the house, and not your own.
 We’ll send Mark Antony to the Senate House,
 And he shall say you are not well today.
 Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.She kneels.
CAESAR 
 Mark Antony shall say I am not well,
60 And for thy humor I will stay at home.
He lifts her up.

Enter Decius.

 Here’s Decius Brutus; he shall tell them so.
DECIUS 
 Caesar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Caesar.
 I come to fetch you to the Senate House.
CAESAR 
 And you are come in very happy time
65 To bear my greeting to the Senators
 And tell them that I will not come today.
 Cannot is false, and that I dare not, falser.
 I will not come today. Tell them so, Decius.
CALPHURNIA 
 Say he is sick.
CAESAR 70 Shall Caesar send a lie?
 Have I in conquest stretched mine arm so far,
 To be afeard to tell graybeards the truth?
 Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come.
DECIUS 
 Most mighty Caesar, let me know some cause,
75 Lest I be laughed at when I tell them so.
CAESAR 
 The cause is in my will. I will not come.
 That is enough to satisfy the Senate.
 But for your private satisfaction,
 Because I love you, I will let you know.
80 Calphurnia here, my wife, stays me at home.

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 She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,
 Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts,
 Did run pure blood; and many lusty Romans
 Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it.
85 And these does she apply for warnings and portents
 And evils imminent, and on her knee
 Hath begged that I will stay at home today.
DECIUS 
 This dream is all amiss interpreted.
 It was a vision fair and fortunate.
90 Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
 In which so many smiling Romans bathed,
 Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
 Reviving blood, and that great men shall press
 For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance.
95 This by Calphurnia’s dream is signified.
CAESAR 
 And this way have you well expounded it.
DECIUS 
 I have, when you have heard what I can say.
 And know it now: the Senate have concluded
 To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar.
100 If you shall send them word you will not come,
 Their minds may change. Besides, it were a mock
 Apt to be rendered, for someone to say
 “Break up the Senate till another time,
 When Caesar’s wife shall meet with better dreams.”
105 If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper
 “Lo, Caesar is afraid”?
 Pardon me, Caesar, for my dear dear love
 To your proceeding bids me tell you this,
 And reason to my love is liable.
CAESAR 
110 How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia!
 I am ashamèd I did yield to them.
 Give me my robe, for I will go.

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Enter Brutus, Ligarius, Metellus, Casca, Trebonius,
Cinna, and Publius.


 And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
PUBLIUS 
 Good morrow, Caesar.
CAESAR 115 Welcome, Publius.—
 What, Brutus, are you stirred so early too?—
 Good morrow, Casca.—Caius Ligarius,
 Caesar was ne’er so much your enemy
 As that same ague which hath made you lean.—
120 What is ’t o’clock?
BRUTUS  Caesar, ’tis strucken eight.
CAESAR 
 I thank you for your pains and courtesy.

Enter Antony.

 See, Antony that revels long a-nights
 Is notwithstanding up.—Good morrow, Antony.
ANTONY 125So to most noble Caesar.
CAESAR, to Servant Bid them prepare within.—
 I am to blame to be thus waited for.Servant exits.
 Now, Cinna.—Now, Metellus.—What, Trebonius,
 I have an hour’s talk in store for you.
130 Remember that you call on me today;
 Be near me that I may remember you.
TREBONIUS 
 Caesar, I will. Aside. And so near will I be
 That your best friends shall wish I had been further.
CAESAR 
 Good friends, go in and taste some wine with me,
135 And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
BRUTUS, aside 
 That every like is not the same, O Caesar,
 The heart of Brutus earns to think upon.
They exit.