Dialectal Journal Act, Page, Scene, and Line Number

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Dialectal Journal

Act, Page, Scene, and Line Number


Personal Thoughts/ Reflection

Act 1, Page 28, Scene 2, Line 19

“… Beware the Ides of March.”

The quote states to be aware of the middle March. The author wrote that line foreshadowing what the future, good or bad, could hold for Caesar. This also created suspense.

Act 1, Page 32, Scene 2, Lines 85-88

“Set honour in one eye, and death I’th other. And I will look on both indifferently; For let the gods so speed me as I love The name of honour more then I fear death.”

Brutus is all about honor. His world revolves around his honor. He believes in his honor so much that he is willing to give up his own life if it meant he would still have his honor. This helped readers see Brutus as a bold and strong character.

Act 1, Page 36, Scene 2, Lines 137-139

“Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

Cassius is talking about destiny. He believes that men can change their own destiny. It all really depends on how hard you work to change it. The problem is not in what happens, but in how you react to the events.

Act 1, Page 38, Scene 2, Lines 191-192

“Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.”

Caesar seems suspicious when he says those lines. Almost as if he has a “gut” feeling that Cassius is planning something. He’s saying that Cassius thinks too much and is healthy, like he could back stab him for being like that. Fat men on the other hand are lazy and go nowhere.

Act 1, Page 56, Scene 3, Lines 117-119

“Hold, my hand: Be factious for redress of all these griefs, And I will set this foot of mine as far as who goes furthest.”

When Casca says those lines he means he’ll go as far as anyone will. Shakespeare shows some kind of conspiracy between Casca and Cassius to show the rolling out of the master plan.

Act 2, Page 70, Scene 1, Lines 114-117

“No, not an oath. If not the face of men, The sufferance of our souls, the time’s abuse-If these be motives weak, break off betimes...”

Once again Shakespeare shows Brutus honor. Brutus will not be a part of the conspiracy if it is not for the right reasons. This also shows that Brutus is the one person who can call off the betrayal, but how is betrayal honorable?

Act 2, Page 72, Scene 1, Lines 144-149

“O, let us have him, for his silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion, And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds. It shall be said his judgment rul’d our hands; Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear, But all be buried in his gravity.”

Metellus says those lines to convince Brutus to let Cicero in the conspiracy. Since they were young bucks their reasoning for their actions may not seem fit, but with Cicero in it since he is old and has wisdom it would at least make people listen to their reasoning.

Act 2, Page 74, Scene 1, Lines 163-165

“To cut the head off and then hack the limbs, Like wrath in death and envy afterwards; For Antony is but a limb of Caesar.”

Shakespeare just shows that Brutus is just doing it for the right reasons and the only person they will kill is Caesar. Antony is just a friend of Caesar and has nothing to do with Caesars actions.

Act 2, Page 76, Scene 1, Lines 183-184

“Yet I fear him; For the ingrafted love he bears to Caesar.”

Cassius, however, still fears Antony. The love that Antony bears for Caesar could be dangerous. He is having a “gut” feeling that they should not just over look Antony as just a friend of Caesar.

Act 2, Page 90, Scene 2, Lines 32-33

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”

Caesar states the lines saying that cowards die many times before they actually die. Almost like if living in fear is not really living. This shows Caesar as a wise character.

Act 3, Page 108, Scene 1, Lines 60-62

“But I am constant as the northern star, Of whose true-fix’d and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament.”

Caesar will not change his mind about the decision he has made. He compares himself to the northern star to emphasize his decision. There is no need to try to convince him otherwise because he won’t change his mind.

Act 3, Page 110, Scene 1, Line 70

“Et tu, Brute? Then fall Caesar.”

When Brutus stabs Caesar and he sees it Caesar is shocked, but since his best friend, Brutus, is also in it then he accepts. Shakespeare does this so the reader that the two of them had a strong friendship. This was the ultimate act of betrayal.

Act 3, Page 112, Scene 1, Lines 101-102

“Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life cuts off so many years of fearing death.”

Once one dies once, one does not have to keep fearing death. Once one dies he is saved from fearing death anymore. This line is said to convince the people that did Caesar a favor.

Act 3, Page 116, Scene 1, Lines 144-146

“I wish we may; but yet have I a mind that fears so much; and misgiving still falls shrewdly to the purpose.”

Cassius is still worried about Antony. He still thinks they may have underestimated him, and he thinks he might be a threat. The author shows that Cassius worries too much. He is not as bold or strong as other characters are portrayed.

Act 3, Page 118, Scene 1, Lines 183-184

“I doubt not of your wisdom. Let each man render me his bloody hand.”

Antony asks to shake everyone’s hand to assure that he is not against what they did. He does it to show almost some sort of surrender. He does it to show he is not a threat at the moment and that they shouldn’t worry about him.

Act 4, Page 152, Scene 1, Lines 11-12

“This is a slight unmeritable man, meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit, the three fold world divided, he should stand one of the three to share it?”

Antony says those lines in a cocky attitude about himself. To show that he believes he is in a higher class then the rest. The author does this to show Antony’s arrogance and attitude towards others.

Act 4, Page 162, Scene 3, Lines 18-19

“Remember March, the ides of March remember. Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake?”

Brutus starts to question the reasons for why they killed Caesar. He is confronting Cassius about it and is making sure that the actions were done for the right reasons. This all goes back to show how honorable he is.

Act 4, Page 162, Scene 3, Lines 27-28

“I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon, Than such a Roman.”

Brutus says he rather be a dog then to be like Cassius. He rather be an animal than to stoop so low as a roman. He compares himself as an animal to show reinforce how he thinks about him.

Act 4, Page 174, Scene 3, Lines 167-168

“That young Octavius and Mark Antony come down upon us with a mighty power, bending their expedition toward Philippi.”

Antony is getting his armies ready to fight against Brutus and Cassius. They are getting ready to start the battle. Antony is now taking over as the leader.

Act 4, Page 184, Scene 3, Lines 264-265

“I will not hold thee long. If I do live, I will be good to thee.”

Brutus starts to question whether he will make it or not. He starts to doubt his actions. The author does this to twist Brutus character and show that he has doubts just as anyone else. He is not as strong and bold as he was made to be seen.

Act 5, Page 190, Scene 1, Lines 30-32

“In your bad strokes, Brutus, you give good words; Witness the hole you made in Caesar’s heart.”

Antony basically tells Brutus he is two-faced. He says he loved Caesar but yet he put a sword through Caesars heart. If he loved him so much why did he not talk to him about then to stab him?

Act 5, Page 196, Scene 1, Lines 121-123

“Forever, and forever, farewell, Brutus. If we do meet again, well smile indeed; If not ‘tis true this parting was well made.”

Cassius starts to say his farewell to Brutus. He, as well as Brutus, started to doubt whether they would make it or not. This shows how much weaker of character he is.

Act 5, Page 202, Scene 3, Lines 44-46

“And when my face is cover’d, as ‘tis now, Guide thou the sword. Caesar, thou art reveng’d, Even with the sword that kill’d thee.”

Cassius wants to die with the sword that killed Caesar. This shows that he still thought that Caesar was still not better then him. That they died the same way. This shows how personal he took the comparison between him and Caesar.

Act 5, Page 206, Scene 3, Lines 94-96

“O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet! Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords in our own proper entrails.”

The ghost of Caesar told Brutus that he was going to see him again once the battle started. He warned Caesar that they would meet again. The author does that to foreshadow the events that were yet to occur.

Act 5, Page 218, Scene 5, Lines 68-75

“This was the noblest roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he did that they did in envy of great of Caesar; He only, in general honest thought and common good to all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elements so mix’d in him, that nature might stand up and say to all the world, ‘this man was a man!’”

Even though Antony was fighting against Brutus, he still honored him. He knew he was the only one that did not do it out of envy like the rest of the conspirators. He actually did it out of the love for his country and he understood that. He still thought that Brutus was a man. A honorable man doing the right thing for his country.

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