Julius Caesar: Act II Reading and Study Guide

According to Brutus, why is it nessecary that Caesar be killed? He believes he will let the power go to his head. Forget where he came from
What actions does Lucius preform that help the plot unfold? Lucius finds the letter and gives to Brutus
What is Brutus’s internal conflict? He loves Caesar but kings tend to be corrupted by their power
Why does Brutus disagree about taking an oath? They should be so firmly and willingly committed so they didn’t need an oath.
Why does Metellus think it would be a good idea to ask Cicero to join the conspiracy Makes it more acceptable in the eyes of others. Solidifies their position
Why does Brutus say they should not ask Cicero to join the conspiracy “He will not follow anything other men begin.”
What does Brutus say about killing Marc Antony? That’s going to far, Antony has no power or authority
What reason does Cassius give for why Caesar might not come out of his house today? Caesar is superstitious and the storm may have scared him
By what method does Decius say he will use to get Caesar out of the house? He will flatter him.
Why is Portia, Brutus’s wife, worried about Brutus? Thinks something is wrong because he is impatient and angry, not eating or sleeping
How does she prove her strength to Brutus? She is Cato’s daughter and stabs her thigh
Why does Calpurnia want Caesar to stay home? Bad dream and storm
Describe Calpurnia’s dream Caesars statue was spouting out blood from several places with Romans smirking and washing their hands.
How does Decius interpret Calpurnia’s dream? Caesars blood is “reviving” blood for Rome and it’s citizens
What arguments does Decius use to change Caesar’s mind about going to the Capitol? The senate will give him a crown; the senate will think he’s afraid and a coward if he doesn’t show up.
What does Artemidorus plan to do? Warn Caesar about the conspiracy through a letter
Why is Portia so nervous? Fears Brutus is not well
What does Portia want Lucius to do? Check on Brutus and see what Caesar is up to
What does the soothsayer tell Portia? He doesn’t know anything specifically relating to the harm of Caesar, has a feeling something will happen.
Anachronism Out of chronological order, not in that time period. Clock.
Personification Give human characteristics to objects
Dramatic irony The character and audiences understanding is different. Thebonius aside, saying things about being close to Caesar.
Verbal irony Something is said that another person doesn’t understand

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