You are required to memorize Mark Antony’s eulogy of Julius Caesar; (pages 121-123, lines 82-17), included is a copy of the lines that you are responsible to memorize:
PART I Explain who each of the following characters is according to their appearance in Act I
PART II Indicate who expressed each of the following quotes from Act II and indicate the apparent significance of each quote.
That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the [climber-upward] turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back…
You are my true and honorable wife,
As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Danger knows full well
That Caesar is more dangerous than he.
We are two lions littered in one day,
And I the elder and more terrible.
PART III Address the following questions with your interpretation from the events in the play.
- Why does Cassius place letters in the praetor’s chair? What does his action indicate about his cause?
- Decius defies Cassius’ command to arrive at Caesar’s home together; why does he do so?
- What does the conversations between Brutus and Portia, and Caesar and Calphurnia indicate about their character in respect to their wives?