Brutus goes to Caesar and makes the final, fatal stab wound.

Stick to our plan.]
Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes;
For, look, he smiles, and Caesar doth not change. 30
CASSIUS: Trebonius knows his time; for, look you, Brutus,
He draws Mark Antony out of the way. [Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS. CAESAR and the Senators take their seats.
DECIUS: Where is Metellus Cimber?

First, Brutus sided with Pompey the Great against Caesar when the Roman Civil War started in 49 BC.

Brutus believed the action was necessary to prevent Caesar from becoming dictator-for-life, meaning that all power would reside in Caesar and not in the delegates representing the people.


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Publius is spoken of, but does not appear in, the play. : Tribunes suspicious of Julius Caesar.

If they don't, they could be seduced into taking part in an ignoble enterprise.]
Caesar doth bear me hard; but he loves Brutus:
If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius 280
He should not humour me.


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Doing so will make it seem as if the killing was necessary for the good of Rome, not hateful or heinous.]
Which so appearing to the common eyes,
We shall be call’d purgers, not murderers. 195
And, for Mark Antony, think not of him;
For he can do no more than Caesar’s arm
When Caesar’s head is off.
CASSIUS: Yet I fear him;
For in the engrafted love he bears to Caesar— 200
BRUTUS: Alas!

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I think it is not meet, 170
Mark Antony, so well belov’d of Caesar,
Should outlive Caesar: we shall find of him
A shrewd contriver; and, you know, his means,
If he improve them, may well stretch so far
As to annoy us all; which to prevent, 175
Let Antony and Caesar fall together.
BRUTUS: Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,
Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;

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confidence: You are allowing overconfidence to guide you instead of reason.]
Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear
That keeps you in the house, and not your own.
We’ll send Mark Antony to the senate-house, 60
And he shall say you are not well to-day:
Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.
CAESAR: Mark Antony shall say I am not well;
And, for thy humour , I will stay at home.

Enter DECIUS. 65

Here’s Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
DECIUS: Caesar, all hail!

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Caesar is afraid?’
Pardon me, Caesar; for my dear dear love
To your proceeding bids me tell you this,
And reason to my love is liable .
CAESAR: How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia! 115
I am ashamed I did yield to them.
Give me my robe, for I will go:

Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS, CASCA, TREBONIUS, and CINNA.

And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
PUBLIUS: Good morrow, Caesar. 120
CAESAR: Welcome, Publius.
What!