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Caesar Venn Diagram and Questions
Andrew Kokanoutranon

Caesar Questions April 6th 2006

6. Our Course will seem to bloody , Caius Cassius (Act III Scene 1, Line 162)

a. Brutus says, "Let's be sacrifices, but nor butchers, Caius." Collect together the expressions used by Brutus which are appropriate to butchery.

“To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,” and “let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood”

b. Brutus says that ideally they should be killing Caesar's spirit, not his body. Look up the words of Caesar's ghost in Act IV Scene 3, lines 281, 282, and 284, and comment on the irony.

Brutus is told that he will see Caesar again at Philippe by a ghost. Caesar is going to kill Brutus and see him in Philippe.

c. Brutus turns harsh words and phrases into softer ones, to make a savage act seem like a civilized one. How does he choose his words to achieve this?

Brutus uses softer words by talking in a calm tone and uses calm imagery. He says “drizzling blood” instead of “raining blood,” which is less tense and not as brutal.

d. How is Brutus's dismissal of Antony consistent in expression with his earlier imagery?

Brutus doesn’t want to murder Antony let alone Caesar. He tries to persuade the other conspirators not to kill Caesar’s right hand man.

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Venn Diagram Comparison

Brutus and Caesar are very similar yet different in personalities; they both want power and are virtuous. Brutus wants power only because he knows that Caesar is evil and will disrupt the society he helped build. Brutus is good at heart and is noble to Caesar and Cassius, he doesn’t want to kill Caesar but he has too for the good of the government. Caesar on the other hand is greedy and fearless; he will do anything for power such as killing his own people for his own popularity. Shakespeare puts the two main characters in the play because having two power hungry men together will create more drama; he makes the two very similar in aiming for the same goal – power, and yet the two are very different in personalities.


Calpurnia and Portia are both wives of noblemen. They both love their husband and fear for their safety, and they don’t want their husbands to get killed even though they both have a feeling that Brutus and Caesar will get killed. Calpurnia is a bit more passive in her actions than Portia, and she tries to persuade Caesar into staying home but lacks the respect form him. In the other hand, Portia is very assertive in her actions; she cuts herself to show her loyalty to her husband and she makes the “perfect wife” for a Roman male. Shakespeare portrays Calpurnia and Portia as they are because their actions support the actions of Brutus and Caesar.

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