Trebonius in Julius Caesar

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.

William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' is full of interesting people. Despite this, it can be easy to get them confused, especially characters who do not speak much. In this lesson, we'll take a look at one such character named Trebonius.

First Words

Trebonius' first words come when the conspirators are working on their plan to assassinate Caesar. As they discuss the plot, they begin to wonder who else might be added to their crew. Trebonius listens as the men discuss whether or not they should kill people who are close to Caesar. Since Mark Antony is close to Caesar, Cassius suggests that they should kill him too. Brutus responds and says that it would be to sadistic to kill Mark Antony. Everyone agrees, but Cassius admits that he is afraid of Mark Antony. Trebonius finally speaks up and says ''There is no fear in him; let him not die; For he will live and laugh at this hereafter.'' Okay Trebonius. I'm sure that everyone laughs after their friends are assassinated.

Trebonius' Aside

After the men all agree on how and where to kill Caesar, they set their plan into motion. A part of that plan is making sure that Caesar feels comfortable and secure. This means that the men who are conspiring against him must act like they still support and love him. One morning, Caesar meets with some of his ''supporters'' including Trebonius. Caesar says that he has many things to discuss with his friends and advisors.

Caesar speaks to his men, saying, ''Remember that you call on me today: Be near me, that I may remember you.'' In other words, he wants his pals to hang around so they can chat. Trebonius says to Caesar, ''Caesar, I will.'' Then, he says to himself, ''and so near will I be, That your best friends shall wish I had been further.'' In other words, Trebonius will be so close to Caesar that the people who love him will wish that he was not so close. Since Trebonius says this to himself, so that only the audience is supposed to hear, it is called an aside. Anytime a speaker says something that is only meant for the audience, it is an aside.

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