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1) “Beware the ides of March” (1.2.20).

The speaker is the Soothsayer and the audience includes Caesar, Brutus, Cassius,
Antony, Calphurnia, and Casca. As Caesar prepares to watch Antony race, the soothsayer
approaches Caesar and warns him of the ides of March. This quote carries a large amount
of significance because Caesar believes that he is invincible and chooses to go out on the
15th of March and on that day Caesar dies.

2) “Men at some time are masters of their fates” (1.2.140).

The speaker is Cassius and Brutus is the one he is speaking to. Cassius attempts to
convince Brutus to join the rebellion against Caesar, telling him that Caesar is no better
of a man than Brutus. This quote is fairly significant because it persuades Brutus into
believing that Caesar brought his own fate upon himself and it also convinces Brutus into
turning against Caesar.

3) “Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much; such men are
dangerous” (1.2.194-195).

Caesar is speaking so only Antony can hear him. After they all return from the
games Caesar notices Cassius and pulls Antony aside and tells Antony that he thinks
Cassius should not be trusted. This quote is important because Antony is informed of the
Cassius and the possible danger he may bring toward Caesar.

4) “For Antony is but a limb of Caesar” (2.1.167).

Brutus is speaking to the other conspirators that include: Cassius, Casca, Decius,
Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius. The conspirators are planning the murder of Caesar and
Cassius brings up the idea of murdering Antony as well to prevent Antony from giving
them any possible problems in the future. Brutus however rejects the idea because he
believes that Antony is nothing more than a pawn of Caesar and killing Antony would
only show envy so Brutus decides to keep him alive. The quote is very significant
because Brutus convinces his allies to keep Antony alive , which in the end results to
their own downfalls.

5) “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but
once” (2.2.32-33).

Caesar speaks to Calphurnia, his wife, as she tries to keep him from going to the
senate house. Calphurnia tries to convince Caesar to stay home because of the omens she
had been having in her dreams but this proof was not enough to keep Caesar away from
the senate house. Caesar believes that he should live without any fears so he decides to go
to the senate house. The quote is very important because Caesar prevents his wife’s
guidance and it ultimately leads to his death.

6) “But I am as constant as the North Star” (3.1.60).


Caesar is speaking in the senate house and the audience consists of many of the
conspirators including: Cinna, Cassius, Casca, Brutus, Decius, and Metellus. The
conspirators set their murderous plan in motion by distracting Antony and begging
Caesar to lift Publius Cimber’s banishment so it would seem like they were at the senate
house for actual business but in between all the arguments Caesar rejects their proposal
and when he does all the conspirators attack him . This quote has little, if not any
importance due to the fact that the conspirators would have killed Caesar regardless of his
answer.

7) “Speak, hands, for me!” (3.1.78).

Casca is speaking to Caesar after Caesar denies there pleas of lifting Publius
Cimber’s banishment. In anger Casca says this because his own words can’t express his
feelings so he uses actions instead by being the first to attack Caesar with a dagger. This
quote shows no major effect on the plot and no major significance because the other
conspirators would have attacked Caesar regardless if he chose to attack first or not.

8) “En tu, Brute?” (3.1.79).

Caesar asks Brutus this question right before he dies. Brutus delivers the final
blow with his dagger after all the other conspirators stab Caesar, and when Caesar notices
it is his friend Brutus, the man he trusted, he uses his last breath to ask this question to
express how shocked he was. This quote is important because it shows that Caesar only
trusted Brutus and it in utter shock when he realizes that his friend betrayed him.

9) “People and senators, be not affrighted. Ambition’s debt is paid!” (3.1.84-85).

Brutus speaks to the others in the senate who did not take part in the assassination
of Caesar; he explains their decision of murdering Caesar to prevent any retribution by
the other senators and to prevent any chaos from braking out. This occurs right after
Caesar’s murder and the conspirators are celebrating the death of a tyrant and the birth of
freedom for all. This quote is very important because Brutus explains their actions in a
way to make them look like heroes for ending Caesar’s life and they explained their
actions in a way that did not enrage the senators and the citizens present. quote is very
important because Brutus explains their actions in a way to make them look like heroes
for ending Caesar’s life and they explained their actions in a way that did not enrage the
senators and the citizens in the senate house..

10) “O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, that I am meek and gentle with these
butchers!” (3.1.261-262).

Mark Antony is the speaker and the audience consists of many citizens but his
words are directed toward the dead body of Caesar. Brutus allows Antony to give Caesar
a proper ceremony so they wouldn’t anger Antony and when all the conspirators leave
Antony shows his anger and promises his dead friend vengeance. This quote is important
due to the fact that it shows Antony’s new found hatred for the conspirators and it shows
that he plans vengeance against them.

11) “If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not
that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more” (3.2.19-21).

Brutus speaks to the common people of robe, also known as plebians. Brutus
successfully makes the citizens believe that Caesar deserved to die and what the
conspirators did was a good thing. He proves to them that he did not hate Caesar but he
believes without him Rome would be a better place. This quote is very important because
he makes the plebians believe that Caesar is the real villain and that the decision of the
conspirators was a good idea.

12) “With this I depart: that, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the
same dagger for myself when it shall please my country to need my death” (3.2.42-44).

Brutus is speaking to an audience of Plebians. Brutus ends his explanation speech


with this quote in order to completely win the plebians over. This quote is very important
because it disregards all suspicion of the plebians and the plebians now believe that
Brutus is a noble and honorable man who is willing to die for country just like Caesar had
to die, and it also convinces the plebians that the conspirators were right to kill Caesar.

13) “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to
praise him” (3.2.71-72).

Antony is now speaking to the same audience of plebians. Antony begins his
speech by implying that he is not angry at the conspirators or seeking any kind of
vengeance. This quote plays a minor role in the plot but it does convince the citizens of
Rome that Antony does not want any kind of revenge against the conspirators

14) “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones”
(3.2.73-74).

Antony is still speaking to the audience about Caesar’s death. In Antony’s speech he says
that most people remember the wrong people did and forget all the good that they have
done in their life time. This quotation is fairly important because Antony raises questions
inside the plebians and they now are unsure of the decision that the conspirators made.

15) “This was the most unkindest cut of all” (3.2.177).

Mark Antony speaks to the Plebeians. As Antony is near the end of his speech he
criticizes the conspirators and now begins to turn the plebians against the conspirators.
This quote is very significant because Antony succeeded in his plans by turning all the
citizens of Rome against the conspirators and now all of Brutus allies are no more.
16) “Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt”
(3.2.247-248).

Antony is now speaking to himself after he successfully turns the citizens against
all the conspirators. This quote does not have a major contribution to the story but it does
foreshadow of what is to come to the conspirators. Read more:
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