Julius Caesar Act 2
What question is Brutus pondering at the opening of the scene?
He’s explaining that Caesar will rise to power and be a ruthless dictator, and he and the conspirators must kill to prevent this potential future.
For what information does Brutus want Lucius to look at a calendar? What is the significance of what Lucius finds?
The next day is March 15, The Ides of March; this the day that the Soothsayer warned Caesar about. Caesar is also going to be crowned on this day.
Why do the conspirators want Cicero to join them?
He’s wiser, older, and respected. If the plan to kill Caesar fails, they can blame him and say it was his idea.
Why does Brutus reject Cicero? What is Cassius’s reaction and what does this show about his and Brutus’s relationship?
He claims that Cicero is a leader, not a follower. Cassius realizes that Brutus is the true leader of the conspirators, not himself.
What do the conspirators plan to do the next day?
They plan to meet him at his home, bring him to the Capitol, and kill him in public.
How does Decius say he will make sure that Caesar will come to the Capitol?
Decius will appeal to Caesar’s ego, and convince him to show up at the Capitol.
What has Portia done to show Brutus that she is worthy of knowing his secrets?
She stabs her thigh to prove her loyalty.
What strange and horrible things does Calpurnia report to Caesar that has been seen that night?
Lions gave birth in the streets, the dead rose from their graves, soldiers fought in the sky as blood rained upon them all. The battlefield around them provided sounds of shrieks, groans, horses neighing, and suffering soldiers. Caesar’s statue is full of holes and is pouring blood.
What does Calpurnia mean by the following statement? “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; / the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” (30-31)
When insignificant people die, it’s not big deal, but when someone as great and important as Caesar dies, it couldn’t matter more.
How does Decius convince Caesar to go to the Capitol?
He interprets Calpurnia’s dream completely different and manipulates the meaning. He plays with the story and appeals to Caesar’s ego.
What is Artemidorus’ plan?
He’s going to write Caesar a letter of warning regarding to the conspirator’s plan. If he reads this, he’ll live; otherwise, he’ll die.
Why is Portia so nervous and upset? On what errand does she send Lucius?
She hears Brutus’ plan, and becomes very worried. She sends Lucius to check in on Brutus to see how the plan goes.