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Julius Caesar
Act 5, scene 4

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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 4
Alarum. Enter Brutus, Messala, Cato, Lucilius, and
Flavius.


BRUTUS 
 Yet, countrymen, O, yet hold up your heads!
Brutus, Messala, and Flavius exit.
CATO 
 What bastard doth not? Who will go with me?
 I will proclaim my name about the field.
 I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!
5 A foe to tyrants and my country’s friend.
 I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!

Enter Soldiers and fight.

LUCILIUS 
 And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I!
 Brutus, my country’s friend! Know me for Brutus.
Cato is killed.
 O young and noble Cato, art thou down?

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10 Why, now thou diest as bravely as Titinius
 And mayst be honored, being Cato’s son.
FIRST SOLDIER, seizing Lucilius 
 Yield, or thou diest.
LUCILIUS  Only I yield to die.
 There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight.
Offering money.
15 Kill Brutus and be honored in his death.
FIRST SOLDIER 
 We must not. A noble prisoner!

Enter Antony.

SECOND SOLDIER 
 Room, ho! Tell Antony Brutus is ta’en.
FIRST SOLDIER 
 I’ll tell the news. Here comes the General.—
 Brutus is ta’en, Brutus is ta’en, my lord.
ANTONY 20Where is he?
LUCILIUS 
 Safe, Antony, Brutus is safe enough.
 I dare assure thee that no enemy
 Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus.
 The gods defend him from so great a shame!
25 When you do find him, or alive or dead,
 He will be found like Brutus, like himself.
ANTONY 
 This is not Brutus, friend, but I assure you,
 A prize no less in worth. Keep this man safe.
 Give him all kindness. I had rather have
30 Such men my friends than enemies. Go on,
 And see whe’er Brutus be alive or dead,
 And bring us word unto Octavius’ tent
 How everything is chanced.
They exit in different directions.