Though some of the most powerful noble families were patrician, patrician blood was no longer a political advantage; it was actually a handicap, since a patrician was debarred from holding the paraconstitutional but powerful office of tribune of the plebs.
Act I, scene i Summary: Act I, scene i Two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, enter a Roman street, along with various commoners. Flavius and Murellus derisively order the commoners to return home and get back to work: Flavius interjects to ask why the cobbler is not in his shop working.
Now, however, due to a mere twist of fate, they rush out to celebrate his downfall.
The commoners leave, and Flavius instructs Murellus to go to the Capitol, a hill on which rests a temple on whose altars victorious generals offer sacrifice, and remove any crowns placed on statues of Caesar. It is interesting to note the difference between the manner in which Flavius and Murellus conceive of the cobbler and that in which Shakespeare has created him.
The tribunes, however, preoccupied with class distinctions, view the cobbler as nothing more than a plebeian ruffian. The strengthening of the absolutist monarchies in such sovereignties as France and Spain during the sixteenth century threatened the stability of the somewhat more balanced English political system, which, though it was hardly democratic in the modern sense of the word, at least provided nobles and elected representatives with some means of checking royal authority.The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
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What, Lucius, ho! I cannot, by the progress of the stars, Give guess how near to day. Lucius, I say! I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. print/save view: Previous scene: Play menu: Next scene Act II, Scene 1. Rome. BRUTUS’s orchard. Enter BRUTUS Brutus. What, Lucius, ho! I cannot, by the progress of the stars, Give guess how near to day.
Lucius, I say! I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly.
Julius Caesar: Plot Summary Act 1, Scene 1 The story opens on a street in Rome, where two tribunes, Flavius and Marullus, disperse a crowd that is celebrating the return of the greatest ruler of the day, Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s account of the Roman general Julius Caesar’s murder by his friend Brutus is a meditation on duty.
First performed around , when the English royal succession was uncertain, Julius Caesar confronts the dangers of political turmoil. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare The Tragedy of Julius Caesar November, [Etext #] The Library of the Future Complete Works of William Shakespeare Library of the Future is a TradeMark (TM) of World Library Inc.
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