Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' Julius Caesar ' Essay

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Antony now turns the conversation to Brutus and Cassius, who is reportedly gathering an army;

Brutus suggests that they march to Philippi to meet the enemy. The others depart, leaving Brutus

in his tent with his servant Lucius. Brutus summons Varro and Claudio to sleep in his tent until

they are needed for early morning messages. The others fall asleep while Brutus, lies awake

trying to read. After telling Brutus that they will see each other again at Philippi, the Ghost

disappears, and Brutus wakes his attendants. Now, ironically, he searches for ways to turn these

funds into cash in order to raise an army against Brutus and Cassius.

While Shakespeare may have inserted this string of insults simply for comic relief, this abuse

serves as another illustration of Antony’s sense of political expediency: while he does not respect

Lepidus, he still uses him for his own purposes. Meanwhile, questions of honor plague the

conspirators as well, as Cassius and Brutus exchange accusations. Though Brutus claims that his

honor forbids him from raising money in unscrupulous ways, he would still use such money as

long as it was not he himself, but rather Cassius, who raised it. We see that Brutus speaks against

corruption, but when he has no other means of paying his army, he quickly consents to

unscrupulousness, if only indirectly. Portia’s death is reported twice in scene II (Plutarch’s

telling, upon which Shakespeare based his play, describes Portia’s death…

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