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Julius Caesar Act 3 Scene 3 Summary

Instructor: Bryan Cowing

Bryan is a freelance writer who specializes in literature. He has worked as an English instructor, editor and writer for the past 10 years.

'Julius Caesar' can be a challenging read. All the conspiring and sneaking around combined with Shakespeare's difficult language can really throw you for a loop. In this lesson, we'll take a straight-forward look at some of the important events from Act 3 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar.'

The Name Game

If you have ever been judged for your appearance or even worse, something as simple as your name, you'll be able to relate to Cinna the poet in Julius Caesar Act 3 Scene 3. Alternatively, if there is a name that you just can't help but dislike because it reminds you of someone you can't stand, you might be able to relate to the plebians (common people) from Act 3 Scene 3. Let's take a look and find out why.

A Bad Idea

The leader of Rome, Julius Caesar has just been killed, and the common folks are looking for blood. Act 3 Scene 3 starts with a man named Cinna admitting that he knows he shouldn't walk around outside at such a dangerous time, but he tells us, ''Yet something leads me forth.'' While he is outside, an angry mob begins to question him. They ask him what his name is, where he is going, if he is married and where he lives.

First, Cinna answers their question about whether he is married, telling the crowd that it is wise he is not married. Since they are obviously looking for a fight, the mob gets angry and accuses him of suggesting that married men are foolish. They tell him that he'll be hit for that comment. Next, Cinna tells the mob that he is going to Caesar's funeral and that he stands by Caesar. The mob accepts this answer, and Cinna next tells the crowd that he lives near the Capital. Again, the crowd is okay with is. Finally, it is time to tell the crowd what his name is.

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