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Caesar Question Act IV Scene 3 - 4/24/06
Andrew Kokanoutranon

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17. In his argument with Cassius in Act IV scene 3, Brutus refers to Caesar in terms of both praise and censure. Find the speech and decide whether

a. the praise is consistent with earlier references to Caesar’s qualities and

Nobility and honor

b. whether the criticism is so major that Brutus should have mentioned it earlier.

No, Brutus’s argument is not major and should not have been mentioned earlier.

10. The quarrel scene (Act IV Scene 2) has been belittled by the critic Thomas Rymer in the seventeenth century; praised by John Dryden, his contemporary, for its “masculinity” in the eighteenth century; admired as an example of dramatic genius in the nineteenth century (by Samuel Taylor Coleridge); and dismissed as irrelevant by twentieth century critic Henry Bradley. Read it carefully and decide for yourself

a. Whether Brutus is (i) unrealistic in expecting his allies always to act honorably or (ii) admirable in his inflexible attitude toward corruption.

Brutus is unrealistic in expecting his allies always to act honorably abd he becomes discontent.

b. Whether Brutus is (i) arrogant and insensitive towards Cassius at the beginning of the quarrel or (ii) properly firm and uncompromising.

I believe that Brutus is arrogant and insensitive towards Cassius at the beginning of the quarrel.

c. Whether Brutus is (i) taunts Cassius or (ii) refuses to be browbeaten by him (Explain your answer)

Brutus taunts Cassius because he believes that Cassius is a “hot friend cooling.”

d. Whether Brutus is (i) insultingly cold or (ii) admirable forthright

Brutus is insultingly cold because he keeps agitating and offending Cassius.

e. Whether Brutus is (i) sober form …”hides wrongs” or (ii) whether he is “armed so strong in honesty” that he cannot compromise.

Brutus is in his sober form and he came out from hiding his faults, which he was in during the assassination of Caesar.

Form an opinion of your own about the character of Brutus as it is revealed in the quarrel with Cassius from its beginning to its height.

Brutus seems to be nobler than a one should be. He is too noble to take out a successful assassination and comes

10. The quarrel scene (Act IV Scene 3) shows Cassius in many moods.

a. choleric: what are the reasons for his anger, and are they justified?

Brutus was taking bribes from Lucius Pella and lied about it to Cassius. Cassius confronts Brutus, but Brutus begins mudslinging and insulting Cassius.

b. tormented: how does Brutus provoke him , and what does Cassius’s restraint reveal about his personality?

Brutus calls Cassius an itching palm

c. passionate: does the passion throw a new light on his character?

Yes, passion throws a new light and shows the many different sides of Cassius

d. affectionate: how does this show and is it surprising?

Cassius doesn’t want anything to come between him and Brutus. This is very surprising because Cassius and Brutus were just arguing childishly earlier.

e. jocular: which episode brings out a flash of humor, and what is its purpose?

Cassius and Brutus fight back and forth like children, taunting each other then making up for it.

f. sympathetically emotional: would you have expected him to react to Portia’s death in the way he does? How does it compare with Brutus’s own response?

I would have thought Cassius would be more sympathetic towards Portia’s death but instead he responds with “Ha! Portia.”

g. dependent: what evidence is there to show that in his relationship with Brutus, there is another side to Cassius than the one presented before the assassination?

Cassius seems to be wining a lot and tends to be childish towards Brutus after the assassination

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