Julius Caesar Summary provides a quick review of
the play's plot including every important action in
the play. Julius Caesar Summary is divided by the five
acts of the play and is an ideal introduction before
reading the original text.
Shakespeare's famous Roman play opens to the scene
of two Tribunes, Marullus and Flavius scolding Roman
citizens for blindly worshipping Caesar. Their conversation
reveals deep-seated fears that Caesar is growing too
powerful, too arrogant and must be stopped. Hoping to
reduce the blind hero worship of Caesar, the two men
remove ceremonial decorations off Caesar's "images"
(statues) despite the obvious dangers of doing so...
A little later, we see Caesar leading a procession
through the streets of Rome. A Soothsayer or fortune
teller tells Caesar to beware the "ides of March
[the 15th of March]" a warning that Caesar will
die on this day. It is ignored. Cassius, who fears Caesar's
ever growing power, begins to recruit Brutus, a close
friend of Caesar's, towards his conspiracy by implying
that Caesar is becoming too powerful... We also learn
that Marullus and Flavius, the two tribunes pulling
decorations off Caesar's statues have been put to silence
for "pulling scarfs off Caesar's images [statues]."
Brutus is suspicious of Cassius' motives but tells Cassius
that he will think it over... Casca, another conspirator,
reveals information to Brutus that suggests Caesar may
be getting more ambitious...
Cassius' conspiracy gains momentum when he recruits
a suspicious Casca to their cause against Caesar by
pointing out that several recent strange occurrences
are omens warning them against Caesar... To ensure Brutus
joins his conspiracy, Cassius has Cinna place some forged
letters where Brutus will find them convincing Brutus
to join their cause. Cinna reveals that Brutus'
good name will be an asset to their conspiracy...