William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
In Act 1, Scene 1 we are introduced to Flavius and Marullus, and we
soon learn that they are not too fond of Caesar and instead preferred
the previous ruler Pompey. In their speeches they should sound
resentful about Caesar to show their dislike for him. When Flavius
says "These growing feathers plucked from Caesar's wing will make him
fly an ordinary pitchâ€¦and keep us all in servile fearfulness", this
shows their fears regarding the possibility of Caesar becoming
tyrannical and making them slaves, which leads me to believe they
should sound angry and bitter when saying this.
At the start of Act 1, Scene 2, we soon learn that Caesar is of a
superstitious nature, though he tries not to make this evident.
Evidence of this is when the Soothsayer speaks to him; Caesar shows
slight insecurity, as he wants to see his face. Notably, Caesar says
"He is a dreamer, let us leave him. Pass." I would have Caesar seeming
rather insecure when saying this, as I would want the audience to
realise he does have slight superstitions.
We also continue to learn how important and significant Caesar is to
the citizens, as well as how high and mighty he actually considers
himself. Firstly we notice Calphurnia refers to him (her husband) as
'Lord', when at this time she should be looking up to Caesar; Marc
Antony also says "When Caesar says, 'Do this', it is performed". This
should not be said in annoyance, but normally, as Antony is a dear
friend of Caesar's. Thirdly, Caesar talks about himself in the third
person, showing arrogance in itself.
Later on in the scene, we learn of Cassius' dislike for Caesar through
his conversation with Brutus, and how Cassius once saved Caesar's life
as he tells the story of what once happened in the River Tiber.
Cassius should be boastful about saving his life to show he's trying
to show off and show that he doesn't actually care about Caesar. We
also learn that Caesar had a fever while in Spain; though seemingly
innocent, he apparently cried like a little girl, a point Cassius
should emphasise to show his dislike of Caesar and to gain a
Soon after, Cassius describes Caesar as "a Colossus, and we petty men
walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves
dishonourable graves." By now, the audience should realisethat Cassius
is biased against Caesar due to his continual moaning. Yet again,
Cassius says how huge Caesar (in terms of his power) is getting, as
demonstrated when he says:
" When could they say, till now, that talked of Rome, that her wide
walks encompassed but one man? Now is it Rome indeed, and room enough,
when there is in it but only one man."
Cassius ought to say this in disgust of Caesar while trying to
persuade Brutus that Caesar is not the right choice for king,...