Act 3, Scene 1

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Caesar falls, Antony privately vows revenge but pledges loyalty to the conspirators

Summary

The soothsayer again warns Caesar. Artemidorus insists that what he has to say is of great importance to Caesar personally, but Caesar brushes him off. Metellus Cimber presents a petition to Caesar: he wishes to have his banished brother forgiven. Caesar denies him, bragging of his constancy. The other conspirators try to insist, but Caesar denies them all. Casca stabs him first, and the other conspirators follow, last of all Brutus. Caesar dies, shocked.

The conspirators discuss the need to address the Roman people, and Brutus and Cassius try to justify to the others what they just did. Cassius remarks on how their act may become legendary in the future. Antony’s servant arrives with a message from Antony asking to see them if they will guarantee his safety. Brutus agrees, and Antony comes to meet them. Antony asks the conspirators to let him die with Caesar. Brutus refuses to kill him and explains that he will have a place in the new government. Antony asks for permission to speak at the funeral. Cassius objects, but Brutus agrees as long as Brutus gets to address the crowd first. In private, Antony begs Caesar's pardon for being friendly with the conspirators and reveals that he actually hopes to stir the crowd into a riot. A messenger from Octavius arrives, explaining that Octavius is approaching Rome in response to Antony’s invitation. Antony agrees to meet with him.

 

Interview: Caesar

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Interview: Brutus and Cassius Part 1

myShakespeare | Julius Caesar 3.1 Interview: Brutus and Cassius Part 1

 

Interview: Brutus and Cassius Part 2

myShakespeare | Julius Caesar 3.1 Interview: Brutus and Cassius Part 2

 

Interview: Antony

myShakespeare | Julius Caesar 3.1 Interview: Antony