Our Course will seem to bloody , Caius Cassius (Act III Scene 1, Line 162)
a. Brutus says, "Let's be sacrifices, but nor butchers, Caius." Collect together the expressions
used by Brutus which are appropriate to butchery.
says, "Let's be sacrifices, but nor butchers, Caius." Collect together the expressions used by Brutus which are appropriate
not; stand stiff: ambition's debt is paid
Do so: and let no man abide this deed,
But we the doers.
that, and then is death a benefit:
So are we Caesar's friends, that have abridged
His time of fearing death. Stoop, Romans, stoop,
And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood
Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords:
Then walk we forth, even to the market-place,
And, waving our red weapons o'er our heads,
Let's all cry 'Peace, freedom and liberty!'
Though now we must appear bloody and cruel,
As, by our hands and this our present act,
You see we do, yet see you but our hands
And this the bleeding business they have done:
Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful;
And pity to the general wrong of Rome--
As fire drives out fire, so pity pity--
Hath done this deed on Caesar.
Why I, that did love Caesar when I struck him
Our reasons are so full of good regard
And that we are contented Caesar shall
Have all true rites and lawful ceremonies.
b. Brutus says that ideally they should be killing Caesar's spirit, not his body. Look up the words
of Caesar's ghost in Act IV Scene 3, lines 281, 282, and 284, and comment on the irony.
Brutus says that they only killed Caesar’s spirit and not just his body he was wrong. This is because his spirit indeed
comes back to haunt Brutus. This just shows how his sprit is still alive. It is ironic because when a man sees a ghost and
when he says he going to show up at a battle the next day it just tells us that the man being haunted is going to die.
c. Brutus turns harsh words and phrases into softer ones, to make a savage act seem like a civilized
one. How does he choose his words to achieve this?
- He does this in a way that makes it seem like it is a civilized by not telling the character what is really
going to happen. For example,
This dream is all amiss interpreted;
It was a vision fair and fortunate:
Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
In which so many smiling Romans bathed,
Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
Reviving blood, and that great men shall press
For tinctures, stains, relics and cognizance.
This by Calpurnia's dream is signified.
- He makes it seem that Caesar is going to be the new leader and in reality he is going to be killed if he does decide
d. How is Brutus's dismissal of Antony consistent in expression
with his earlier imagery?
Brutus’s dismissal of Antony
is consistent in expression with his earlier imagery by when Brutus says, “And let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s
blood,” and this is consistent because he is continuing with his misinterpretation of Calpurnia’s dream and telling
he will make sure that Caesar is given all of the proper ceremonies for his burial.