Get notes, workbook solutions, summary, questions and answers, and pdf of the drama/play Julius Caesar (Act 2 Scene 3) by William Shakespeare which is part of ICSE Class 9 English. However, the notes should only be treated for references and changes should be made according to the needs of the students.
In a tense moment on a street near the Capitol, Artemidorus stands absorbed in a paper, detailing a conspiracy against Caesar along with the names of the plotters. Intent on warning Caesar, he plans to position himself where the ruler must pass en route to the Senate, hoping to hand him the vital note. Artemidorus believes that Caesar’s life may yet be saved, if only the fates don’t align with the conspirators.
This brief but electrifying scene serves as a crescendo of suspense, gripping the audience and readers alike. It introduces the flicker of hope that Caesar might yet be saved due to the vigilance of a loyal supporter like Artemidorus. Yet, the situation remains precarious. While Caesar has friends as well as foes, it appears as though destiny itself is siding with those who seek his downfall.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Artemidorus is standing
Answer: b) near the Capitol
2. Artemidorus is
Answer: a) a well wisher of Caesar
3. Artemidorus wants to stand in a place
Answer: d) where Caesar will pass by
4. Artemidorus wants Caesar not to trust
Answer: b) Trebonius
5. Caesar in the scene
Answer: b) is unable to read the letter of Artemidorus
ARTEMIDORUS – There is but one mind in all these men, and,
it is bent against Caesar. If thou beest not immortal
Look about you. Security gives way to conspiracy.
The mighty gods defend thee!
Thy lover, Artemidorus.
1. Name the conspirators mentioned in the letter of Artemidorus.
Answer: The conspirators mentioned specifically in the letter are Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Cinna, Trebonius, Metellus Cimber, and Caius Ligarius.
2. What warning is given to Caesar regarding each conspirator?
Answer: The warning given is that Caesar should beware of Brutus, take heed of Cassius, not come near Casca, have an eye on Cinna, not trust Trebonius, mark well Metellus Cimber, and know that Decius Brutus does not love him. Caesar is also warned that he has wronged Caius Ligarius.
3. What will happen if Caesar reads ‘this’ and what if he does not?
Answer: If Caesar reads the letter, he will be aware of the conspiracy against him and may be able to take actions to protect himself, thereby living. However, if he does not read the letter, then the fates will conspire with the traitors to bring about his assassination, as he will be unaware and undefended.
4. Who had warned Caesar earlier? What was Caesar’s reaction to the warning?
Answer: Earlier, the soothsayer had directly warned Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March”, foretelling calamity on this day. However, Caesar had dismissed this warning lightly, not giving it much importance.
5. Explain:- ‘security gives way to conspiracy.’
Answer: This line means that the current sense of security and stability is giving way or making room for the secretly developed conspiracy against Caesar. Though Caesar feels secure, the scheming of the conspirators will soon disrupt that security.
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