Caesar has defeated the sons of the deceased Roman general Pompey, his archrival, in battle. Caesar enters with his entourage, including the military and political figures Brutus, Cassius, and Antony. Cassius and Brutus, both longtime intimates of Caesar and each other, converse.
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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them.
The good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious. If it were so, it was a grievous fault, and grievously hath Caesar answered it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest -- for Brutus is an honorable man; so are they all, all honorable men -- come I to speak in Caesar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me. But Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome whose ransoms did the general coffers fill. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
Yet, Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man. You all did see that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown -- which he did thrice refuse. Yet, Brutus says he was ambitious, and sure he is an honorable man. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke.
But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once, not without cause. What cause withholds you, then, to mourn for him?
Oh, Judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason. My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause till it come back to me. Methinks there is much reason in his saying.
If thou consider rightly of the matter, Caesar has had great wrong. I fear there will a worse come in his place. Marked ye his words? He would not take the crown. Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious.Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS with the Plebeians.
Plebeians: We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied. be satisfied get a satisfactory explanation: BRUTUS: Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.
Plot Overview. Two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, find scores of Roman citizens wandering the streets, neglecting their work in order to watch Julius Caesar’s triumphal parade: Caesar has defeated the sons of the deceased Roman general Pompey, his archrival, in battle.
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