Act I: Exposition- introduces the main characters, their conflicts, establishes setting, and provides backround
Act II: Rising Action(complications)- suspense builds the conflict, series of complication causes main characters to receive their conflicts
Act III: Crisis/Turning Point- character makes tense choices that will determine the rest of the play’s action (in a tragedy, the events spiral downward to an unhappy ending).
Act IV: Falling Action- results of the action; leads the character into a deeper disaster
Act V: Climax and Resolution- climax= greatest moment of tension that will lead to tragic hero’s death; resolution= quickly follows the climax, ties up the plot, and the play ends.
A1 S1: JC is superstitious; tells Anthony to touch his wife, Calpurnia, as he runs in the race. Calpurnia is sterile- has not been able to bear children; JC believes the touch will help her. JC is deaf in one ear(in the play, not history). This shows the JC is not as perfect as he thinks he is.
1. Soothsayer warns JC to Beware of the ides of March. Ides= middle (March 15)
2. JC ignores him and sends him away
3. Character flaw- nothing can touch/hurt him; too confident
4. Burtus has been in conflict with himself (m vs. h); fears JC will have too much power. B loves JC, but he loves rome more.
5. Cassius tries to convince B that they are no less a man than JC.
6. JC has epilepsy
7. Antony offers Caesar crown three times but he refuses it. Every time he refused it he was more gently about it
8. Cassius will send forged letters to Brutus
9. Casa “sees” many “unnatural” things; bad omens
10. Cassius threatens to kill himself if JC becomes king
11. Scene opens on the ides of March (March 15)
12. Brutus is swayed by a single letter
13. Flaws: too trusting, idealistic, not practical
14. Cassius is Brutus’ brother-in-law; Cassius is married to Brutus’ sister.
15. Decius says he...