Julius Caesar-Act 5

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19 Cards. Created by Alyssa Bass ().

As scene 1 opens, what are Antony and Octavius discussing?

Octavius is telling Antony that he was wrong in thinking that Brutus and Cassius wouldn't march up to Philippi.

Briefly explain the confrontation between Antony and Octavius and Brutus and Cassius.

Antony and Octavius go to meet Brutus and Cassius. The leaders exchange insults. Octavius draws his sword and calls for Caesar’s death to be avenged; he swears that he will not lay the sword down again until another Caesar (namely himself) adds the deaths of the traitors to the general slaughter. The leaders insult each other further before parting to ready their armies for battle.-Spark Notes

On whose birthday does the final battle take place?


Identify and explain:"If we do meet again, why we shall smile; If not,why then this parting was well made."

Brutus says this to Cassius before the battle. This is basically his way of saying goodbye just in case they aren't alive when the battle is over.

Identify and explain:"...Time is come round. And where I did begin, there shall I end. My life is run its compass."

Cassius is saying that it is time for him to die.

Why did Cassius want to die?

He believes he is a coward for living long enough to watch his "best friend" to be taken.

Identify and explain:"And then I swore thee, saving of thy life. That whatsoever I bid thee do, Thou shouldst attempt it."

Cassius is remind Pindarus of the oath he took. He must do whatever Cassius tells him to do, including killing his master.

Identify and explain:"Caesar thou art revenged, even with the same sword that killed thee."

These are Cassius' last words. He feels that this is what Caesar would have wanted,for a conspirator to be killed.

What was the even exchange mentioned by Messala?

"It's an even exchange,Titinius. Octavius is overthrown by Brutus' noble forces, just as Cassius' legions are defeated by Antony."

Identify and explain:"The sun of Rome is set."

Titinius says this after Cassius' death.The metaphor is introduced to compare Cassius' death to the sunset (the death of a day). As the day dies with a blazing red sunset, Cassius also dies, bathed in red—his life's blood, and his "day" (his life) is over. Titinius notes that their hopes for Rome (more of the extended metaphor with "sun") are gone. Their joy of Rome is past—the best of their days are behind them.

Explain the false report that Pindarus gave Cassius about Titinius.

When Cassius received a report that the enemy was around Cassius' tent, he sent Titinius to check it out. Pindarus told Cassius that Titinius was taken.

What happened to Titinius?

He killed himself because he believed he caused Cassius to die.

Identify and explain:"O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet! Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords in our proper entrails."

Brutus says this because the death of Cassius demonstrates that Caesar, even in death, is as strong as ever. His spirit dominates in the battle.

How does Brutus react to Cassius' death?

He says that he will find time to grieve and honor Cassius.

Who tries to impersonate Brutus in front of Octavius' soldiers?


What does Brutus ask of three of his soldiers?

He asks Clitus,Dardanius,and Voluminus to kill him.

Who actually kills Brutus?


Identify and explain:"Caesar, now be still. I killed not thee with half so good a will."

These are Brutus' last words. He didn't want to kill Caesar half as much as he wanted to kill himself.

Identify and explain:"This was the noblest Roman of them all."

Antony says this about Brutus because Brutus is the only one who killed Caesar for the right reasons.