Explanatory Notes for Act 2, Scene 3
From Julius Caesar. Ed. Samuel Thurber. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
7. security gives way to. Over-confidence makes a way for conspiracy. Have we seen anything to show that Caesar was wholly confident of his own security?
8. lover: friend, -- as frequently in Shakespeare. So later Brutus calls the citizens "Romans, countrymen, and lovers!" and in "The Merchant" Lorenzo speaks of Antonio as "a lover" of Bassanio.
12. Out of the teeth of emulation: safe from the teeth of jealousy; "free from the attacks of envy."
14. contrive: conspire, plot.
How to cite the explanatory notes and scene questions:
Shakespeare, William. Julius Caesar. Ed. Samuel Thurber. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1919. Shakespeare Online. 26 Feb. 2013. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/julius_2_3.html >.
Scene Questions for Review
1. Of what incidents earlier in the play does this scene remind
2. Why do you think this short scene is often omitted when
presenting the play today?
3. Do you see any good reason for having the warning written
in prose, but the words of Artemidorus that follow in verse?
4. Describe Artemidorus as you imagine his appearance and
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