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Act 4, scene 1
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Julius Caesar
Act 4, scene 1



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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 1
Enter Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus.

 These many, then, shall die; their names are
 Your brother too must die. Consent you, Lepidus?
 I do consent.
OCTAVIUS 5 Prick him down, Antony.
 Upon condition Publius shall not live,
 Who is your sister’s son, Mark Antony.
 He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.
 But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar’s house;
10 Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine
 How to cut off some charge in legacies.
LEPIDUS What, shall I find you here?
OCTAVIUS Or here, or at the Capitol.Lepidus exits.
 This is a slight, unmeritable man,
15 Meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit,
 The threefold world divided, he should stand
 One of the three to share it?

Julius Caesar
ACT 4. SC. 1

OCTAVIUS  So you thought him
 And took his voice who should be pricked to die
20 In our black sentence and proscription.
 Octavius, I have seen more days than you,
 And, though we lay these honors on this man
 To ease ourselves of diverse sland’rous loads,
 He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,
25 To groan and sweat under the business,
 Either led or driven, as we point the way;
 And having brought our treasure where we will,
 Then take we down his load and turn him off
 (Like to the empty ass) to shake his ears
30 And graze in commons.
OCTAVIUS  You may do your will,
 But he’s a tried and valiant soldier.
 So is my horse, Octavius, and for that
 I do appoint him store of provender.
35 It is a creature that I teach to fight,
 To wind, to stop, to run directly on,
 His corporal motion governed by my spirit;
 And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so.
 He must be taught and trained and bid go forth—
40 A barren-spirited fellow, one that feeds
 On objects, arts, and imitations
 Which, out of use and staled by other men,
 Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him
 But as a property. And now, Octavius,
45 Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius
 Are levying powers. We must straight make head.
 Therefore let our alliance be combined,
 Our best friends made, our means stretched;
 And let us presently go sit in council
50 How covert matters may be best disclosed
 And open perils surest answerèd.

Julius Caesar
ACT 4. SC. 2

 Let us do so, for we are at the stake
 And bayed about with many enemies,
 And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,
55 Millions of mischiefs.
They exit.