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Julius Caesar Art and Culture Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the Riverside edition.

Quote #7

[Aside to Brutus] You know not what you do. Do
   not consent
That Antony speak in his funeral.
Know you how much the people may be moved
By that which he will utter? (3.1.255-259)

When Brutus grants Antony permission to speak at his friend Caesar's funeral, Cassius seems to be the only person who knows how dangerous Antony's speech will be.  As we know, Antony plays the crowd perfectly (just like Caesar did back in Act 1), and his delivery of a carefully crafted speech helps incite a civil war.

Quote #8

Truly, my name is Cinna.
Tear him to pieces! He's a conspirator.
I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet!
Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses!
I am not Cinna the conspirator.
It is no matter. His name's Cinna.
Pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him
going. (3.3.28-36)

Poets don't get any love in Julius Caesar, do they?  After Caesar is assassinated, chaos ensues on the streets of Rome and nobody is safe.  Here, Cinna the poet is mistaken for Cinna the conspirator, but even after he declares his true identity to the angry mob, he's ripped to shreds for his "bad verses."  Gee, is poet and playwright Will Shakespeare trying to tell us something?  Check out the quote below for more on this.

Quote #9

Cassius, be content.
Speak your griefs softly. I do know you well.
Before the eyes of both our armies here
(Which should perceive nothing but love from us),
Let us not wrangle. Bid them move away.
Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs,
And I will give you audience. (4.2.46-52)

Brutus knows how dangerous it is for him to argue with Cassius on what amounts to a public "stage."  Because he knows the troops are watching closely, he urges Cassius into the tent, where these two generals can hash out their differences in private.

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