Julius Caesar- Summary of Acts III & IV
Caesar, accompanied by the conspirator’s approaches the Capitol. He rejects the petition from the Artemindorus, and goes toward the Senate House. There is a moment of panic in Cassius but Brutus calms him down and everything goes according to the plan. Calphurnia’s dream comes true, Caesar is killed and the conspirators proclaim the death of tyranny. In this there is a historical scene comes where Antony’s servant, calming the riot situation with his masters careful words, before Antony enters.
Trebonius drew Antony aside, so he did not go to the Capitol with Caesar, after the murder we hear that he had fled to his house. His speech to the conspirators sounds submissive as though he were anxious to please them, but there is an irony that his real feelings are not yet made clear. Brutus and Cassius contrast in their reception of Antony .Antony shows that he is loyal friend and he prophesies a war that will follow Caesar’s murder .The news that Octavious is coming to Rome changes the plays movement into a new direction
In this scene there is a contrast between two kinds of oratory. Brutus speaks in prose, trying to present a reasoned argument to justify the murder. The citizens fairly satisfied with this, but it is ironic that now they wish to elevate Brutus in to Caesar’s place
The black comedy of this scene serves to lighten the tension that built up after Antony’s oration, it also shows the movement to avenge Caesar’s murder is gathering force
The passion has now given place to cold calculation as the members of the new triumvirate decide that in the coming ‘purge’ neither brother nor nephew shall be spared.
More immediately serious is the lack of harmony between Brutus and Cassius, which must be kept secret from their armies.
Once again Brutus shows his idealism, which is outraged by Cassius’ conduct. But Brutus has another cause of grief-his wife is dead.
Cassius gives good reasons for remain staying in their position but this prove fatal as the Caesar’s ghost appears and promise Brutus to meet him at Philippi.