Julius Caesar Metaphors

You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things! Marullus to commonerscomparing commoners to blocks and stones because they are stupid
These growing feathers plucked from Caesar’s wing will make him fly an ordinary pitch. Flavius to Marulluscomparing Caesar to a bird that needs to be brought down because Flavius does not like Caesar
I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself that of yourself which you yet not know of. Cassius to Brutuscomparing himself to a mirror because he will show Brutus what Brutus is capable of
Lowliness is young ambition’s ladder, where to the climber-upward turns his face; but, when he once attains the upmost round, he then unto the ladder turns his back, scorning the base degrees by which he did ascend. Brutus to himselfcomparing ambition to a ladder that when the climber reaches the top, he does not thank the people who helped him get there
Think him as a serpent’s egg, which, hatched, would, as his kind, grow mischievous, and kill him in the shell. Brutus to himselfcomparing Caesar to a snake egg that is indistinguishable and could be harmless but needs to be crushed before taking that risk
And for Mark Antony, think not of him, for he can do no more than Caesar’s arm when Caesar’s head is off. Brutus to Cassius and conspiratorscomparing Antony to a limb that is useless without the head & brain (Caesar)
I am constant as the Northern Star, of whose true fixed and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament. Caesar to conspiratorscomparing himself to the Northern Start because it never moves, and he will not move in his decision to banish Publius
Hence. Wilt thou lift up Olympus? Caesar to conspiratorscomparing himself to Mount Olympus because it cannot be moved, similar to how he cannot be moved in his decision to banish Publius
For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel. Antony to commonerscomparing Brutus to an angel because Brutus was angelic and trustworthy in Caesar’s eyes
It is a creature that I teach to fight, to wind, to stop, to run directly on, his corporal motion governed by my spirit; and, in some taste, is Lepidus but so. He must be taught and trained and bid go forth – a barren-spirited fellow. Antony to Octaviuscomparing Lepidus to a horse that needs to be taught and trained to do anything because he has no mind of his own – he is a means to an end
But hollow men, like horses hot at hand, make gallant show and promise of their mettle, but when they should endure the bloody spur, they fall their crests and, like deceitful jades, sink in the trial. Brutus to Lucilluscomparing Cassius to a horse that makes a big show of his spirit, but when something actually happens, he falls through on his promise
You yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm. Brutus to Cassiuscomparing Cassius to an itching palm – he will do anything for money because he is greedy
There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. Brutus to Cassiuscomparing their situation to high tide – they must strike while they have the advantage

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