Julius Caesar Act 2 Literary Notes Act Two, Scene One



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Julius Caesar Act 2

  • Literary Notes

Act Two, Scene One

  • In Act 2, scene one, lines 10-34 Brutus has a soliloquy that explains his affection and friendship for Caesar as well as his desire to be rid of him for the good of Rome.
  • In this same scene lines 32-24 create a metaphor that compares Caesar to an unhatched snake—he’s not dangerous now, but he will be soon.
  • Lines 45-58 creates a soliloquy that discusses Brutus’ power to take action against Caesar.
  • Lines 61-69 creates a soliloquy that examines Brutus’ friendship with, and desire to be rid of, Caesar.

Act Two, Scene One

  • Lines 77-85 create a soliloquy that examines the question of whether killing Caesar is morally correct.
  • Lines 79-85 create personification that gives the conspiracy a human face.
  • Lines 101-104 create imagery (words used to create pictures) that indicates the time of day.
  • Lines 191-192b is an anachronism because there were no clocks in Ancient Rome.

Act Two, Scene Two

  • In Act 2, scene two, line 19 there is an example of alliteration (using the same beginning sounds in several words—fierce, fiery warriors fight.
  • Lines 30-31 is an example of foreshadowing as Calphurnia says “the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes, which is what will happen to Caesar.
  • Lines 124-125 and lines 128-129 are examples of asides (when the character speaks directly to the audience) that remind the audience of the conspiracy.

Act Two, Scene Three

  • Act 2, scene 3, lines 1-14 is a soliloquy that creates suspense by making it clear that Caesar’s fate hinges on Artemedorius’ warning.


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