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Julius Caesar
Act 5, scene 5

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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 5
Enter Brutus, Dardanus, Clitus, Strato, and Volumnius.

BRUTUS 
 Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this rock.
He sits down.
CLITUS 
 Statilius showed the torchlight, but, my lord,
 He came not back. He is or ta’en or slain.
BRUTUS 
 Sit thee down, Clitus. Slaying is the word;
5 It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus.
He whispers to Clitus.
CLITUS 
 What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world.
BRUTUS 
 Peace, then, no words.
CLITUS  I’ll rather kill myself.
BRUTUS 
 Hark thee, Dardanus.He whispers to Dardanus.
DARDANUS 10 Shall I do such a deed?
CLITUS O Dardanus!
DARDANUS O Clitus!
Dardanus and Clitus step aside.
CLITUS 
 What ill request did Brutus make to thee?
DARDANUS 
 To kill him, Clitus. Look, he meditates.
CLITUS 
15 Now is that noble vessel full of grief,
 That it runs over even at his eyes.
BRUTUS 
 Come hither, good Volumnius. List a word.
VOLUMNIUS 
 What says my lord?
BRUTUS  Why this, Volumnius:

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20 The ghost of Caesar hath appeared to me
 Two several times by night—at Sardis once
 And this last night here in Philippi fields.
 I know my hour is come.
VOLUMNIUS  Not so, my lord.
BRUTUS 
25 Nay, I am sure it is, Volumnius.
 Thou seest the world, Volumnius, how it goes.
 Our enemies have beat us to the pit.Low alarums.
 It is more worthy to leap in ourselves
 Than tarry till they push us. Good Volumnius,
30 Thou know’st that we two went to school together;
 Even for that our love of old, I prithee,
 Hold thou my sword hilts whilst I run on it.
VOLUMNIUS 
 That’s not an office for a friend, my lord.
Alarum continues.
CLITUS 
 Fly, fly, my lord! There is no tarrying here.
BRUTUS 
35 Farewell to you—and you—and you, Volumnius.—
 Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep.
 Farewell to thee, too, Strato.—Countrymen,
 My heart doth joy that yet in all my life
 I found no man but he was true to me.
40 I shall have glory by this losing day
 More than Octavius and Mark Antony
 By this vile conquest shall attain unto.
 So fare you well at once, for Brutus’ tongue
 Hath almost ended his life’s history.
45 Night hangs upon mine eyes; my bones would rest,
 That have but labored to attain this hour.
Alarum. Cry within “Fly, fly, fly!”
CLITUS 
 Fly, my lord, fly!
BRUTUS  Hence. I will follow.
All exit but Brutus and Strato.

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 I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord.
50 Thou art a fellow of a good respect;
 Thy life hath had some smatch of honor in it.
 Hold, then, my sword, and turn away thy face
 While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?
STRATO 
 Give me your hand first. Fare you well, my lord.
BRUTUS 
55 Farewell, good Strato.
Brutus runs on his sword.
 Caesar, now be still.
 I killed not thee with half so good a will.He dies.

Alarum. Retreat. Enter Antony, Octavius, Messala,
Lucilius, and the army.


OCTAVIUS What man is that?
MESSALA 
 My master’s man.—Strato, where is thy master?
STRATO 
60 Free from the bondage you are in, Messala.
 The conquerors can but make a fire of him,
 For Brutus only overcame himself,
 And no man else hath honor by his death.
LUCILIUS 
 So Brutus should be found.—I thank thee, Brutus,
65 That thou hast proved Lucilius’ saying true.
OCTAVIUS 
 All that served Brutus, I will entertain them.—
 Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
STRATO 
 Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.
OCTAVIUS 
 Do so, good Messala.
MESSALA 70 How died my master, Strato?
STRATO 
 I held the sword, and he did run on it.

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MESSALA 
 Octavius, then take him to follow thee,
 That did the latest service to my master.
ANTONY 
 This was the noblest Roman of them all.
75 All the conspirators save only he
 Did that they did in envy of great Caesar.
 He only in a general honest thought
 And common good to all made one of them.
 His life was gentle and the elements
80 So mixed in him that nature might stand up
 And say to all the world “This was a man.”
OCTAVIUS 
 According to his virtue, let us use him
 With all respect and rites of burial.
 Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie,
85 Most like a soldier, ordered honorably.
 So call the field to rest, and let’s away
 To part the glories of this happy day.
They all exit.