Julius Caesar has just reentered Rome in triumph after a victory in Spain over the sons of his old enemy, Pompey the Great. A spontaneous celebration has interrupted and been broken up by Flavius and Marullus, two political enemies of Caesar. It soon becomes apparent from their words that powerful and secret forces are working against Caesar. Caesar appears, attended by a train of friends and supporters, and is warned by a soothsayer to "beware the ides of March," but he ignores the warning and leaves for the games and races marking the celebration of the feast of Lupercal.
Character Introduction Brutus Marcus Junius Brutus, Roman senator and mastermind of the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar, is the central character of the play. Brutus is first seen in 1. After the conspirators carry out the crime, Brutus gives a moving speech to convince the Plebeians that it was necessary to kill Caesar, but Antony arrives and turns the crowd against him.
When he realizes the cause is lost, Brutus convinces his servant, Strato, to hold his sword while he falls upon it, and he dies. Antony and Octavius find his body and Antony, knowing Brutus was pure in his motive to help the republic, declares Brutus "was the noblest Roman of them all.
His qualities in both are best summarized by Victorian critic M. Shakespeare and his Times, p. For a list of adjectives to describe Brutus with textual support, please click here. Cassius Cassius is the practical and rash brother-in-law of Brutus.
He relishes the removal of Caesar, whom he believes is incompetent and weak to the point of embarrassment. The character of Cassius is contrasted dramatically with Brutus: Brutus acts wholly upon principle; Cassius partly upon impulse. Brutus acts only when he has reconciled the contemplation of action with his speculative opinions; Cassius allows the necessity of some action to run before and govern his opinions.
Brutus is a philosopher; Cassius is a partisan. Brutus, therefore, deliberates and spares; Cassius participates and denounces. Brutus is the nobler instructor; Cassius the better politician. Shakespeare, in the first great scene between them, brings out these distinctions of character upon which future events so mainly depend.
Mark Antony Antony, the heroic leader of the forces that defeat Brutus and the other conspirators, is also the title character in another Shakespearean tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra.
In Julius Caesar, Antony is introduced in 1. Antony delivers his most significant speech in either tragedy in 3. For a list of adjectives to describe Antony with textual support, please click here.
He is self-aggrandizing and has a feeble constitution, which Cassius points out with several examples in 1. He makes those around him wonder how such a buffoon could "bestride the narrow world like a Colossus" 1. O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet! Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords In our own proper entrails.
Please click here for a full analysis of Octavius. Portia Portia is the strong and devoted wife of Brutus. Her most notable moment in the play is when she reveals to her husband that she has wounded herself to demonstrate her strength and courage 2.
Her act proves to Brutus that she is worthy to hear his troubles, and he is about to tell her his plan when they are interrupted by Ligarius. Calpurnia Calpurnia, like Portia, is a noble Roman woman who has an affectionate relationship with her husband and a deep concern for his safety.
There is little doubt that the devotion is mutual: Calpurnia cannot give Caesar children, and although he is troubled by the thought of having no heir 1.
Although Decius ultimately convinces Caesar to go to the Capitol, Caesar and Calpurnia have discussed her concerns as equals. Julius Caesar Character Introduction. Shakespeare Online References Guizot, M. Shakespeare and his Times.
Harper and Brothers, The Poetical Works of William Shakespeare. Phillips Sampson and Company, Only Octavius is an antagonist to Brutus; Mark Antony plays a minor role in the play.
Mark Antony poses problems for and works against Brutus, who strives to live the Republic's ideals. 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 .
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar 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 also include Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra.
Antony is a good friend of Julius Caesar who launches himself into a major position of power over the course of the play.
And, yes, this is the same Mark Antony who has a torrid love affair with Cleopatra and goes down in another Shakespeare play, Antony and Cleopatra. Essential information on the main characters in the play Julius Caesar - Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Portia, Calpurnia, and Octavius.
Octavius is but a minor character in Julius Caesar, but he plays a central role in Shakespeare's Antony and The Complete Play with Commentary Julius Caesar Overview Julius Caesar Summary (Acts 1 and.
William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar: Written in (the same year as Henry V) or , probably for the opening of the Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames, Julius Caesar illustrates similarly the transition in Shakespeare’s writing toward darker themes and tragedy.
It, too, is a history play in a sense, dealing with a non-Christian civilization existing 16 centuries before.