TK Waters has been an adjunct professor of religion at Western Kentucky University for six years. They have a master's degree in religious studies from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor's degree in English literature and religious studies from Western Kentucky University.
Act 1, Scene 3 of Julius Caesar opens with storms, and Cicero and a terrified Casca enter the stage. Casca, one of Caesar's tribunes (military officers and political leaders), claims that he has experienced bad storms before and says: ''But never till to-night, never till now, / Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.'' Casca explains to Cicero several odd things he saw on his way home: a slave boy whose hand caught on fire by a torch, but remained unburned; a lion at the Capitol; women with visions of men walking on fire; and owls during the daytime. Casca claims that these are bad omens, warnings of something bad to come, and thinks the gods are angry at humanity.
After Cicero departs, learning from Casca that Caesar will be at the Capitol the next day, Cassius enters, merely walking through the storms. Cassius suggests that the omens are signs from the gods of ''some monstrous state'': the Rome that Caesar is trying to establish. He uses the weather to draw a comparison to Caesar, saying he is ''Most like this dreadful night, / That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars / As doth the lion in the Capitol.'' Cassius explains to Casca that despite Caesar's popularity, he is only human and on their level and should be replaced by someone who has a clear vision for the ''true'' Rome.
Brutus: A True Roman
Cassius' admonition of Caesar leads Casca to join his cause. Cassius explains that he has already recruited many high-ranking Romans for their conspiracy. They both recognize that they need Brutus to join their conspiracy in order for it to be successful because he is liked by the people of Rome.
Cinna, another co-conspirator, enters, and Cassius hands him letters of support for Brutus. Cassius orders him to take the letters he forged to Brutus' house and place them on the statue of Brutus, in a chair, and throw through Brutus' window--all places where Brutus will not be able to miss them. After Cinna leaves, Cassius claims they will visit Brutus the following day to finalize his swaying to their conspiracy. He claims: ''See Brutus at his house: three parts of him / Is ours already, and the man entire / Upon the next encounter yields him ours.'' Casca reiterating that Brutus is indeed liked by the people of Rome, he says: ''O, he sits high in all the people's hearts: / And that which would appear offence in us, / His countenance, like richest alchemy, / Will change to virtue and to worthiness.''
Many bad omens are seen at the beginning of this scene which worry Casca about Caesar's uprising. Cassius reveals his conspiracy plot against Caesar and his methods to recruit Brutus to their cause to overthrow Caesar.
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