Julius Caesar Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Act 1, Scene 1

* Flavius and Marullus, two tribunes, stop some commoners in the street. They want to know why the people are not at work today.

* A cobbler tells them that the people have made today a holiday for themselves and are going see Caesar, who is returning to Rome victorious over Pompey.

* Marullus calls the people disloyal and tells them to go home and beg for forgiveness from the gods for their ingratitude.

* Flavius suggests they make their way to the Capitol separately and break up any other groups of people on their way to praise Caesar.

Act 1, Scene 2

* Caesar tells Marc Antony to remember to strike Calpurnia with the thong of goatskin as he makes his way through the street. Such an action was believed to cure barrenness.

* A soothsayer calls out to Caesar who tells him to "beware the ides of March" (March 15). Caesar dismisses the...

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