Plot Summary You are here: As all Shakespearean tragedies, Julius Caesar includes a tragic hero whose predetermined fate and hamartia bring about his downfall and in doing so, bring catharsis and poetic justice to the reader. Throughout the play, Brutus and Cassius conspire against Caesar and then kill him in order to preserve the Republic. Through Caesar, Brutus, and Cassius, Shakespeare is able to convey the theme of ambition vs.
The tribunes, insulting the crowd for their change in loyalty from Pompey to Caesar, attempt to end the festivities and break up the commoners, who return the insults. During the feast of LupercalCaesar holds a victory parade and a soothsayer warns him to "Beware the ides of March ", which he ignores.
Meanwhile, Cassius attempts to convince Brutus to join his conspiracy to kill Caesar.
Although Brutus, friendly towards Caesar, is hesitant to kill him, he agrees that Caesar may be abusing his power. They then hear from Casca that Mark Antony has offered Caesar the crown of Rome three times and that each time Caesar refused it with increasing reluctance, in hopes that the crowd watching the exchange would beg him to accept the crown, yet the crowd applauded Caesar for denying the crown, upsetting Caesar, due to him wanting to accept the crown.
On the eve of the ides of March, the conspirators meet and reveal that they have forged letters of support from the Roman people to tempt Brutus into joining. Brutus reads the letters and, after much moral debate, decides to join the conspiracy, thinking that Caesar should be killed to prevent him from doing anything against the people of Rome if he were ever to be crowned.
As Caesar predictably rejects the petition, Casca and the others suddenly stab him; Brutus is last.
At this point, Caesar utters the famous line " Et tu, Brute? Brutus delivers an oration defending his own actions, and for the moment, the crowd is on his side.
Antony, even as he states his intentions against it, rouses the mob to drive the conspirators from Rome. Amid the violence, an innocent poet, Cinnais confused with the conspirator Lucius Cinna and is taken by the mob, which kills him for such "offenses" as his bad verses.
Brutus next attacks Cassius for supposedly soiling the noble act of regicide by having accepted bribes. He informs Brutus, "Thou shalt see me at Philippi. During the battle, Cassius has his servant kill him after hearing of the capture of his best friend, Titinius.
However, Brutus wins that stage of the battle, but his victory is not conclusive. With a heavy heart, Brutus battles again the next day. He loses and commits suicide by running on his own sword, held for him by a loyal soldier. The play ends with a tribute to Brutus by Antony, who proclaims that Brutus has remained "the noblest Roman of them all"  because he was the only conspirator who acted, in his mind, for the good of Rome.
However, historically, the assassination took place on 15 March The Ides of Marchthe will was published on 18 March, the funeral was on 20 March, and Octavius arrived only in May.
Shakespeare makes the Triumvirs meet in Rome instead of near Bononia to avoid an additional locale. He combines the two Battles of Philippi although there was a day interval between them. Shakespeare deviated from these historical facts to curtail time and compress the facts so that the play could be staged more easily.
The tragic force is condensed into a few scenes for heightened effect. Date and text[ edit ] The first page of Julius Caesar, printed in the Second Folio of Julius Caesar was originally published in the First Folio ofbut a performance was mentioned by Thomas Platter the Younger in his diary in September Based on these two points, as well as a number of contemporary allusions, and the belief that the play is similar to Hamlet in vocabulary, and to Henry V and As You Like It in metre,  scholars have suggested as a probable date.
The Folio text is notable for its quality and consistency; scholars judge it to have been set into type from a theatrical prompt-book. The characters mention objects such as hats and doublets large, heavy jackets — neither of which existed in ancient Rome. Caesar is mentioned to be wearing an Elizabethan doublet instead of a Roman toga.
At one point a clock is heard to strike and Brutus notes it with "Count the clock". Analysis and criticism[ edit ] Historical background[ edit ] Maria Wyke has written that the play reflects the general anxiety of Elizabethan England over succession of leadership.
At the time of its creation and first performance, Queen Elizabetha strong ruler, was elderly and had refused to name a successor, leading to worries that a civil war similar to that of Rome might break out after her death. But Caesar compares himself to the Northern Starand perhaps it would be foolish not to consider him as the axial character of the play, around whom the entire story turns.
Intertwined in this debate is a smattering of philosophical and psychological ideologies on republicanism and monarchism. One author, Robert C.You are here: Home / Shakespeare Play Summaries / Julius Caesar Plot Summary Here is a brief plot summary of Julius Caesar: The tribunes, Marullus and Flavius, break up a gathering of Roman citizens who seek to celebrate Julius .
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (First Folio title: The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar) is a history play and tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in It is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history, which .
Shakespeare’s account of the Roman general Julius Caesar’s murder by his friend Brutus is a meditation on duty. First performed around , when the English royal succession was uncertain, Julius Caesar confronts the dangers of political turmoil.
William Shakespeare. Overview; DOI: The skies over ancient Rome blaze with terrifying portents, and soothsayers warn Julius Caesar of approaching doom.
As conspiracy swirls through the city, Shakespeare explores the deep repercussions of political murder on the human heart. A classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder, masterfully. Julius Caesar is a classic book that everyone should read. This play of Shakespeare tells an accurate story of the Roman Revolution of 40 BC.
This is a excellent play and great to watch on movie or as a play, but it works well in book form and also makes the script easier to analyze. You are here: Home / Shakespeare Play Summaries / Julius Caesar Plot Summary Here is a brief plot summary of Julius Caesar: The tribunes, Marullus and Flavius, break up a gathering of Roman citizens who seek to celebrate Julius Caesar’s triumphant return from war.