The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act 1

  1. Puns
    1. "I may use with a safe conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles." In this instance the cobbler uses soles instead of souls
    2. "yet, if you be out, sir, I can mend you." He talks about his profession, but is hinting at fixing Marullus's anger
    3. "Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl: I meddle with no tradesman's matters, nor women's matters, but with awl. I am, indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neat's leather have gone upon my handiwork." In this quote the cobbler uses awl instead of all. Why?
  2. Inversions
    1. "I do pray you" becomes "I pray you, do." No, he is saying, "I pray that you do it."
    2. "And so it is" becomes "and so is it."
    3. "Then I must think you would not have it so" becomes "Then must I think you would not have it so."
  3. Syntax
    1. "I may use with a safe conscience; which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles." this quote uses asyndeton to speed up the pace of the work because the cobbler is talking to a very angry Marullus's I do not see any asyndeton here. Where would the conjunction be?
    2. "And do you now put on your best attire? And do you now cull out a holiday? And do you now strew flowers in his way" this quotes uses repetition of the word "and", this is to mock the poor man and also to brag about how spectacular Marullus is. Not sure what you mean by this?
    3. "Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not with me. Yet if you be out, sir, I can mend you" This quote repeats the word sir which shows that the commoner is mocking the upper class as well as showing himself as poor. Try to move beyond the first scene for evidence.

The Back Page

1.) Weaknesses:a. cowardb. physically weak (feeble)c. arrogantd. tyrante. evil
Strengths:a. born freeb. powerfulc. "immortal"d. ambitione. decisive You did not answer the accompanying questions.
2.) Cassius:1. "By means whereof this breast of mine hath burried thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations."2. "it is very much lamented, Brutus, that you have no such mirrors as will turn your hidden worthiness into your eye, that you might see your shadow.."3. "I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus, as well as I do know your outward favor. Well, honor is the subject of my story."4. "Why Brutus, though art noble; yet I see thy honorable mettle may be wrought."
Brutus:1. "vexed I am of late with pasions of some difference, conceptions only proper to myself."2. "for the eye sees not itself, But by reflectionm by some other things."3. "Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius, that you would have me seek into myself for that which is not in me?" Answer the questions.
3.) When Caesar is describing Cassius he says that he is "lean and hungry look". What he means here is that Cassius does not spend his time eating, he spends his time reading and learning. He does "love no plays" and "hear no music" which gives him more time to learn. This is dangerous because he can surpass Caesar in knowledge and during this time knowledge was equal to power.
4.) When Casca and Cicero talk they show the unrest and horrified city under Caesar's control. Also, Cicero says that "men may construe things after their fashion." This means that Cicero thinks that Caesar will make the city just like himself. He makes Caesar seem as though he is a horrible ruler. Cassius can interpret the signs anyway that he wants, which he later does. Cicero is dismissive of signs and omens, but Casca thinks something bad will happen.
5) The importance of lines 66-71 in Scene 3 is the stating that strange happenings and monstrous things are an omen of things to come, and that they warn people that something special is to happen in the near future. This acts as a type of foreshadowing.6)Ex. 1) Act1, scene 2, line 70 "I, your glass," - metaphore Cassius is trying to say that other people can help you see things in yourself better than you might be able to.Ex. 2) Act 1 scene 3, line 83 "our fathers' minds are dead - personification/metaphor/emotional appeal Cassius is convincing Casca that Romans have become weak and are becoming submissive.Ex. 3) Act 1, scene 3, line 105 "I know he would not be a wolf But that he sees the Romans are but sheep" - metaphor Cassius is convincing Casca that Caesar would not be taking power if the Romans were stronger and not as submissive. He is also hinting that they should take action against Caesar.