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10/18 Write Now:. Friendship is a major theme in the play. Explore this theme by answering the following questions: How far would you go to stop a friend from harming your country? How far would you go to obtain revenge on someone or some group who destroyed your best friend?

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10 18 write now
10/18 Write Now:
  • Friendship is a major theme in the play. Explore this theme by answering the following questions:
    • How far would you go to stop a friend from harming your country?
    • How far would you go to obtain revenge on someone or some group who destroyed your best friend?
    • Is there anything for which you would betray a friend?
    • Which is more important to you, friendship or personal principles? Why?
act iii scene i
Act III, Scene i
  • Senators just outside the Capitol
  • Artemidorus and the letter
  • Popilius gives conspirators some stress
  • Metellus comes to JC with request
  • JC refuses

But I am constant as the northern star,

Of whose true-fixed and resting quality

There is no fellow in the firmament. (III,i,60-62)

act iii scene i1
Act III, Scene i
  • Conspirators attack

Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar! (III,i,79)

  • Brutus reassures others “ambition’s debt is paid”
  • Antony has run to his house, and citizens are freaking out
  • Brutus tells them to cover arms and swords with Caesar's blood; walk through the streets declaring “Peace, freedom, and liberty!”
act iii scene i2
Act III, Scene i
  • Antony meets with conspirators
    • He invites them to kill him
  • Brutus promises to explain their reasons
  • Antony asks to speak at JC’s funeral
    • Brutus agrees; Cassius warns against
    • Brutus will speak first at funeral, and he makes Antony promise to be nice
  • Antony’s soliloquy
  • Octavius on his way
act iii scene ii
Act III, Scene ii
  • Brutus delivers earnest, honest, and simple speech
    • Yes, he killed JC… not because he didn’t love JC, but because he loved Rome more
    • JC had to die for his ambition
    • If JC had lived, they’d all be slaves
  • Crowd totally supportive of Brutus
act iii scene ii1
Act III, Scene ii
  • Antony shows up with JC’s body, and Brutus leaves
  • Antony’s speech
    • Conspirators are “honorable men”
    • Was JC ambitious?
    • JC devoted to his citizens
    • You don’t want to see JC’s will!
act iii scenes ii and iii
Act III, Scenes ii and iii
  • Mob ready for chaos
  • Octavius has arrived; Brutus and Cassius have fled
  • The mob questions poet named Cinna
    • Same name as a conspirator
    • Cinna pleads they have the wrong guy
    • “Tear him for his bad verses”
  • Mob heading to houses of conspirators