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Name

Character Notes

Important Quotes

Evidence of Loyalty (to whom?)

Flavius

Annoyed with the crowd because they are too fickle.

“Is this a holiday? What! know you not,”

“But wherefore art not in thy shop today?


Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?”


 Rather than having evidence of loyalty, Flavius has evidence of a lack of loyalty towards Caesar. He does not understand why the commoners would abandon their trades, who they are, for the sake of rejoicing in Caesar.

Marullus

Annoyed with the crowd because they are too fickle.

“Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? - What tributaries follow him to Rome,
To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels?”



 Marullus too has evidence of disloyalty towards Caesar. He does not share the crowd’s enthusiasm towards Caesar’s success, and believe it to actually be no great success at all.

commoners

Eager to abandon their work and celebrate Caesar’s triumph.

“But, indeed, sir, we make holiday,
to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph.”

The commoners show an obvious loyalty to Caesar; abandoning their trades for the day to celebrate in his success.

Caesar

Seems to want to do what is all right and good, but seems to have some major faults and weaknesses.

 “I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd
Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.
Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf,
And tell me truly what thou think'st of him.”

“Such men as he be never at heart's ease


Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,
And therefore are they very dangerous.”

 Caesar does not appear to be overly proud or selfish, merely weak and incapable. It would appear that he has all good intensions, but is held back by certain flaws.

Casca

Casca seems to have a mild manner, which makes him appear to follow along with the conspiracy simply out of the desire to do well for Rome.

 “So every bondman in his own hand bears
The power to cancel his captivity.”

“O, he sits high in all the people's hearts:


And that which would appear offence in us,
His countenance, like richest alchemy,
Will change to virtue and to worthiness.”

 Casca’s loyalty seems to lie with the cause of protecting Rome and the people of Rome, and of course himself. He seems rather passionate about carrying out justice by joining the conspiracy.

Calpurnia

Calpurnia is Caesar’s wife, who is unable to have children.

 “Here, my lord.” (Literally her only line)


There is not much on the character of Calpurnia, nut I suppose we can only assume that she would be loyal to her husband, Caesar.

Antony

Anthony is Caesars closest friend and also perhaps his advisor. We see him very little, be he is talked of much.

 “I shall remember: When Caesar says 'do this,' it is perform'd.”

 Antony is incredible loyal to Caesar, and would no doubt do anything for Caesar. He stands by him and offers him many times a crown, in order to crown him as King.

Soothsayer

He is merely part of the crowd, but it is he who steps forward to warn Caesar.

 “Beware the ides of March.”


It would seem that the Soothsayer is loyal to Caesar; after all he tries to warn him of the dangers that will occur on that day.

Brutus

Brutus appears to be a selfless, thoughtful man who only wants the best for Rome, and is tormented by his fears towards Caesar ruling Rome.

“Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius that you would have me seek into myself - For that which is not in me?”

“Brutus had rather be a villager


Than to repute himself a son of Rome”

 Brutus is loyal to Rome, but also to his friendship with Caesar. He desires Rome to be lead by a good leader, but he allows himself to be lead astray with this thought by Cassius, who tells him that he is the better man and not Caesar.

Cassius

Cassius is a sly, devious man who plots to murder Caesar in order to ‘save Rome’ from a weak and unable ruler.

“Ye gods, it doth amaze me - A man of such a feeble temper should - So get the start of the majestic world.”

“That part of tyranny that I do bear - I can shake off at pleasure.”



Cassius shows his ‘loyalty’ to Rome by plotting a plan to bring about some twisted kind of justice. He sees Caesar as being weak; an ordinary man who doesn’t deserve to rule Rome. He convinces himself and the people around him the he is bring justice to Rome by saving it from Caesar’s rule.

Cicero

Cicero is only seen for a little bit in a conversation with Casca.

“But men may construe things after their fashion, Clean from the purpose of the things themselves. Come Caesar to the Capitol to-morrow?””

Cicero would seem to have some sort of loyalty towards Caesar, although it is not definite. When Casca makes a remark of the strange things occurring, Cicero’s replay is very interesting. He suggests that it is possible to twist facts to suit your own interests.

Cinna

Cinna is another one of Cassius’ conspiracy party.

“O Cassius, if you could
But win the noble Brutus to our party—“

Not much is shown of Cinna, but he is quite apparently loyal to Cassius and his plot to take down Caesar, as he helps Cassius to sway Brutus into joining their plan.

Julius Caesar Act II Graphic Organizer

Name

Character Notes

Important Quotes

Evidence of Loyalty (to whom?)

Brutus

Considers killing Caesar but has mixed feelings. Finally decides that it is the best option after he reads the fake letters.

“It must be by his death: and for my part,
I know no personal cause to spurn at him… He would be crown'd: How that might change his nature, there's the question.”

 Brutus is very loyal to Rome, and so when he discovers the fake letters he believe the people of Rome are unhappy with Caesar, so he decides to carry out the plan.

Lucius

Works for Brutus. Confirms that tomorrow is the Ides of March and introduces the conspirators who arrive at the house.

“Madam, what should I do?
Run to the Capitol, and nothing else?
And so return to you, and nothing else?”

 Lucius in no doubt loyal to his master, Brutus, as well as Brutus’ wife Portia.

Cassius

The creator of the plot to Murder Caesar; rallies together Roman noblemen to help him get the job done.

 “…and every one doth wish you had but that opinion of yourself which every noble Roman bears of you.”

“Let Antony and Caesar fall together.”

“But all remember, What you have said, and show yourselves true Romans.


Cassius may have some sort of loyalty towards Brutus, but mostly he has an urge to bring about justice for Rome by murdering Caesar.

Casca

One of the conspirators for Caesar’s murder. Is one of the men who decide to leave Cicero out of the plan.

“You shall confess that you are both deceived.
Here, as I point my sword”

“Let us not leave him out.”

“Indeed he is not fit.”


 Casca is loyal to Cassius’ plan to ‘protect’ Rome from an unable leader. In my opinion, he truly believes that killing Caesar is a worthy, honorable action.

Decius Brutus

Another of the conspirators, the man that convinces Caesar to disregard his wife’s dream and come to senate-house

“I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hear
That unicorns may be betray'd with trees”
“It was a vision fair and fortunate…This by Calpurnia's dream is signified.”

Decius is loyal to Cassius, and is tricky enough to be able to twist Calpurnia’s dream to make Caesar disregard it and go to the senate house.

Cinna

Cinna is another of the men that Cassius has rallied to bring about his plan.

 “Be that the uttermost, and fail not then.”


 Cinna is one of the conspirators, and is loyal to Cassius.

Metellus Cimber

One of the conspirators; he speaks of well of Cicero for his wisdom.

“O, let us have him, for his silver hairs
Will purchase us a good opinion
And buy men's voices to commend our deeds”

 Metellus is loyal to Cassius’ plan, and seeks to bring in someone to further help their plan.

Trebonius

Another conspirator, one who is in favor of letting Marc Antony live.

“There is no fear in him; let him not die;
For he will live, and laugh at this hereafter.”

Trebonius is loyal to Cassius and the plan to defeat Rome, but is sensible enough to want to let Antony live.

Portia

Brutus’ wife; tries to convince him to share his griefs with her. Struggles with not being able to do anything to help or support the conflict going on.

“Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.”

“You have some sick offence within your mind,


Which, by the right and virtue of my place,
I ought to know of.”

“I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.”



 Portia is incredibly loyal to Brutus, and speaks passionately for him to share his grief. Despite her efforts, she is unable to find out what is bothering him.

Ligarius

Is reluctant to join the conspiracy but is convinced by Brutus saying it is an honorable cause.

“I am not sick, if Brutus have in hand
Any exploit worthy the name of honour.”


 Ligarius appears loyal to Brutus, but also seems to only be interested in participating in some honorable effort.

Caesar

Is unwilling to go to the senate- house because of Calpurnia’s dreams, but is convinced to go.

“It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”

Caesar is doubtful of whether to listen to his wife, but shows himself loyal to Rome, especially when Decius convinces him that it is a worthy cause.

Calpurnia

Calpurnia is haunted by her dreams of Caesar’s death, but fails to convince him that they apply to him.

“When beggars die, there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”

“Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.


Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear.”

 Calpurnia is loyal to her husband, and keeping him safe from the danger and peril she sees in her dreams.

Publius

 Another conspirator.

“Good morrow, Caesar.”

 Publius is loyal to Cassius.

Antony

Caesar’s closest friend; does not much have interaction in Act II.

“So to most noble Caesar.”

 Antony is incredible loyal to Caesar, and seeks to crown him as king of Rome.

Artemidorus

 Reads a letter that tells of Caesar’s fate, and plans to give it to him so that he might live.

“If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayst live;
If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.”

 Artemidorus is loyal to Caesar, and seeks to save his life by giving him the letter which discloses the plot to kill him.

soothsayer

Speaks to Portia of what he may fear will happen to Caesar.

 None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance.

The soothsayer is loyal to Caesar, and seeks to speak to him of the danger he may face.




  1. What does it mean about Cassius’s plan that he has to mislead Brutus to make it happen?

I believe that it shows that Cassius’ plan is not sound, or rightly justified. Because of this, he has to lie to convince Brutus to partake in the plan.


  1. What does it mean about Brutus that he so readily believes what Cassius says?

I believe it shows that Brutus has many doubts of what is right and wrong about Caesar; though he loves his friend he does not see him a as being a capable leader, and is easily swayed into believing he is right.



  1. What does it mean about Antony that Brutus refuses to kill him?

I believe it shows that while Brutus plans to kill Caesar, he truly does see it as an honorable necessary effort that must be done to protect Rome. He is not, however, blood hungry and this is shown by him not wanting to kill Antony as well.



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