- The play opens up with Flavius and Murellus yelling at the commoners for celebrating Caesar."To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome. And when you saw his chariot but appear, have you not made an universal shout that Tiber trembled underneath her banks to hear the replication of your sounds made in her concave shores? And do you now put on your best attire?And do you now cull out a holiday?And do you now strew flowers in his way that comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood?
Be gone!" (I.i.34) This part of the play is very significant, because the audience find out that Caesar had to kill Pompey's sons in order to get so high up in society. This is also the first time anyone shows dislike toward Caesars power. The commoners are shown to be extremely fickle. One day they like Pompey, and then the next day they like Caesar. The commoners do not really know what they want besides someone being in power.
- "Beware the ides of March." (I.ii.25) A soothsayer (a fortune teller) warns Caesar of the day March 15th. Caesar does not take warning, which is a bad idea because he DIES on this day.
- "Brutus and Caesar—what should be in that “Caesar”?Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name. Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well. weigh them, it is as heavy" (I.ii,145) Cassius tells Brutus that he can be just as great as Caesar is. Cassius uses this as part of his ways to get Brutus to go against Caesar.
- Everyone begins to see strange horrible strange things. Some people say these strange things are because Caesars upcoming death.
- "It must be by his death, and for my part I know no personal cause to spurn at him but for the general. he would be crowned. How that might change his nature, there’s the question. It is the bright day that brings forth the adder And that craves wary walking. Crown him that, And then I grant we put a sting in him That at his will he may do danger with." (I.iii.10) Brutus decides that he does need to kill Caesar because of what Caesar might become with all of his power.
- Brutus finds all of the fake notes that Cassius put in place for him to see. Brutus becomes more comfortable with his decision to kill Caesar because of all of these fake notes and because Cassius has highly influenced him. "Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar, I have not slept." (II.i.63)
- "Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius, o cut the head off and then hack the limbs, like wrath in death and envy afterwards, for Antony is but a limb of Caesar. Let us be sacrificers but not butchers, Caius. We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar, and in the spirit of men there is no blood.
Oh, that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit and not dismember Caesar!"(II.i.170) Brutus shows that he is not a cold killer, he just loves his country. He does not want to kill Antony because there is not reason to.
- Calphurnia begs Caesar to stay inside on March 15th, but Caesar is convinced to leave the house anyways.
- Artemidorus tries to get Caesar to read the paper that could save his live, but Caesar reads the other one first.
- "Is there no voice more worthy than my own to sound more sweetly in great Caesar’s ear for the repealing of my banished brother?" (III.i.55) Metellus wants Caesar to lift the banishment of his brother. Everyone else tries to get Caesar to do so as well. Caesar is shocked to find that Brutus want's him to.
- "Et tu, Bruté?—Then fall, Caesar" (III.i.84) Caesar DIES! If Caesar's best friend kills him, then he think that he deserves to die.
- Antony gives a speech about Caesar and boosts moral within the commoners.
- "If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. 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." (III.ii.14) Brutus tells the commoners that he loves them more than Caesar which is why he had to kill Caesar.
- "These are gracious drops. Kind souls, what, weep you when you but behold
Our Caesar’s vesture wounded? Look you here, here is himself, marred, as you see, with traitors." (III.ii.190) Antony convinces all of the commoners that Caesar should not have been killed and that the conspirators need to pay the consequences for their actions.
- Plebeians attack Cinna the poet because of his name.
- "And now, Octavius, listen great things. Brutus and Cassius are levying powers. we must straight make head. Therefore let our alliance be combined, Our best friends made, our means stretched." (IV.i.42) Antony and Octavius decide that it is time to form an army against Brutus and Cassius.They make a list of people that need to kill.
- "What, shall one of us that struck the foremost man of all this world but for supporting robbers, shall we now contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
and sell the mighty space of our large honors." (IV.iii.20) Brutus and Cassius get into a fight over morals. Cassius just wants to make money, while Brutus wants to stay honorable and true to his word. They argue for a very long time and then they stop.
- Brutus's wife dies and all Brutus has to say is "Why, farewell, Portia. We must die, Messala. With meditating that she must die once, I have the patience to endure it now." (IV.iii.96)
- Brutus speaks with Caesars ghost, which is a very bad omen. He knows that something very bad is going to happen in Philippi.
- Cassius and Brutus argue with Antony and Octavius. Antony throws Brutus's decision not to kill Antony earlier by saying "Flatterers?—Now, Brutus, thank yourself. This tongue had not offended so today if Cassius might have ruled." (V.i.46)
- "Even by the rule of that philosophy by which I did blame Cato for the death which he did give himself (I know not how, but I do find it cowardly and vile, for fear of what might fall, so to prevent The time of life), arming myself with patience to stay the providence of some high powers that govern us below." (V.i.105) Brutus says he wont kill himself if he loses the war because it would make him look like a coward.
- Cassius asks his servant to kill him. "Now be a free man, and with this good sword that ran through Caesar’s bowels, search this bosom. Stand not to answer. Here take thou the hilts and, when my face is covered, as ’tis now, guide thou the sword." (V.iii.45)
- Brutus kills himself (runs into a sword). Despite what he said about suicide, he kills himself. He is pretty much admitting that he is a coward.