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Group Three:

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GROUP 3 Discussion Questions:

  1. Caesar refuses the final warning (Artemidorus’s letter that contained details of his assassination with a list of all the conspirators) for the last time. At this point, do you think some part of Caesar knew what he was walking into? If he did, why did he proceed?
  2. How did Artemidorus know about the assassination? Who else might know about this plan?
  3. What did falling on the knees signify? Was it Shakespeare’s way of making Caesar appear God like?
  4. What correlations can you draw to Caesar’s story with the story of Jesus’ betrayal ( if any)?
  5. Was Brutus being used? Or did the conspirators intend to make Brutus leader?

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  1. 1) Caesar knew it was his fate when he walked into the Senate that day that he would die by his Senator’s hand. He previously mentioned that he did not have a fear of dying, as the empire was most likely going to continue past his lifetime. He also may have come in with the intention of being able to dissuade the conspirators from killing him, which ended up being very untrue.
    2) Artemidorus knew about the conspiracy because of the soothsayer and his previous warnings to Caesar. Brutus’ wife, Portia, may have also known because of his panicked and cryptic behavior the evening before the murder occurred.
    3) The kneeling could have signified the deification of Caesar to the conspirators, almost like worshipping a sacrifice to a god (like a lamb for the slaughter, or like how Jesus was sacrificed for the greater good of society). It also could have signaled a reverence for the deed that was about to happen. The conspirators knew Caesar was a great man, and Brutus even mentioned that they killed him so that he would not have to know death and paranoia all his life.
    4) In the Bible, when Jesus was about to be betrayed by Judas, Judas kisses him on the cheek. Before the betrayal of Caesar by Brutus, Brutus kisses Caesar’s hand.
    5) In a way, he was being used. Brutus, as a praetor of Rome, had a very close connection to Caesar, but it also made the people like and trust him as a public judge of Rome. Ultimately, though, it was his downfall, and he may have killed himself at the end of the play because he knew that he did not have to kill Caesar, that he was being used, and his guilty conscience got the best of him.

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