Notes On Julius Caesar - I - CBSE Class 10 Literature Reader 101 Communicative
Julius Caesar, an able General and a conqueror, returns Rome amidst immense popularity after a victory in Spain. He defeated the sons of his old enemy, Pompey the Great. The people celebrate his return and he is offered the crown by close friend and military commander Mark Antony which he refuses. Jealous with Caesar’s growing power and afraid that he may one day become an authoritarian king, Cassius instigates a conspiracy to murder Caesar. He involves Marcus Brutus who is the very close friend of Caesar and a trusted Roman Senator in the plot. Cassius convinces Brutus that Caesar is too ambitious and should be killed before being allowed to rule the Roman Empire. Brutus is convinced by Cassius that it is for the good of Rome that Caesar should be killed. Caesar is worried as his wife Calphurnia tells him the horrible dream she had about his death and that the strange occurrences the night before are a prelude of his death. Caesar dismisses the doubts of Calphurinia considers the prediction very general. Caesar sends a servant to a priest to offer a sacrifice and ask him to come back and tell him the results. The servant returns and reports that the Soothe Sayers have recommended Caesar to stay at home. Then Decius, a conspirator, comes to fetch Caesar to the senate. Caesar expresses his inability to come citing Calphurnia dream as the reason. Decius tells him her dreams were not of his death, but of him saving Rome. Decius Brutus tells Caesar that the senate have decided to offer a crown to him that day, and if he does not attend the meeting of the senate, they may change their mind. Thus Caesar dcides to leave for the Senate despite his wife's pleas. Attempts are made to warn Caesar of the plot to kill him, but none are successful. Soon other Senators and conspirators including Marcus Brutus, Metellus arrive at Caesar’s palace. Caesar invites the senators and says them to come in and have some wine be like friends and will go to the senate together straightaway.

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Julius Caesar, an able General and a conqueror, returns Rome amidst immense popularity after a victory in Spain. He defeated the sons of his old enemy, Pompey the Great. The people celebrate his return and he is offered the crown by close friend and military commander Mark Antony which he refuses. Jealous with Caesar’s growing power and afraid that he may one day become an authoritarian king, Cassius instigates a conspiracy to murder Caesar. He involves Marcus Brutus who is the very close friend of Caesar and a trusted Roman Senator in the plot. Cassius convinces Brutus that Caesar is too ambitious and should be killed before being allowed to rule the Roman Empire. Brutus is convinced by Cassius that it is for the good of Rome that Caesar should be killed. Caesar is worried as his wife Calphurnia tells him the horrible dream she had about his death and that the strange occurrences the night before are a prelude of his death. Caesar dismisses the doubts of Calphurinia considers the prediction very general. Caesar sends a servant to a priest to offer a sacrifice and ask him to come back and tell him the results. The servant returns and reports that the Soothe Sayers have recommended Caesar to stay at home. Then Decius, a conspirator, comes to fetch Caesar to the senate. Caesar expresses his inability to come citing Calphurnia dream as the reason. Decius tells him her dreams were not of his death, but of him saving Rome. Decius Brutus tells Caesar that the senate have decided to offer a crown to him that day, and if he does not attend the meeting of the senate, they may change their mind. Thus Caesar dcides to leave for the Senate despite his wife's pleas. Attempts are made to warn Caesar of the plot to kill him, but none are successful. Soon other Senators and conspirators including Marcus Brutus, Metellus arrive at Caesar’s palace. Caesar invites the senators and says them to come in and have some wine be like friends and will go to the senate together straightaway.