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.
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.
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.
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 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 is Caesar’s wife, who is unable to have children.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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Evidence of Loyalty (to whom?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
One of the conspirators; he speaks of well of Cicero for his wisdom.
Antony is incredible loyal to Caesar, and seeks to crown him as king of Rome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.