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Soliloquy - Grade 7 (Grade 7)

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Soliloquy - Grade 7

It must be by his death: and for my part,
I know no personal cause to spurn at him,
But for the general. He would be crown'd:
How that might change his nature, there's the question.
It is the bright day that brings forth the adder;
And that craves wary walking. Crown him?--that;--
And then, I grant, we put a sting in him,
That at his will he may do danger with.
The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins
Remorse from power: and, to speak truth of Caesar,
I have not known when his affections sway'd
More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round.
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend. So Caesar may.
Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel
Will bear no colour for the thing he is,
Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented,
Would run to these and these extremities:
And therefore think him as a serpent's egg
Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell.
- Act 2, Scene 1, Julius Caesar
A soliloquy is a speech given by a character alone onstage. In Brutus's soliloquy at the beginning of Act II, what reasons does he give for killing Caesar?
  1. Caesar's death is for the general good, the benefit of all concerned.
  2. Caesar is potentially dangerous; he could abuse his power.
  3. Caesar could rule with his emotions instead of reason.
  4. Caesar could forget the common people who elected him.
  5. all of the above
What is the purpose of the soliloquy?

How can a soliloquy tell you more about a character?
  1. It can help show what a character looks like.
  2. It can help explain a character's inner thoughts.
  3. It can help describe a character's likes and dislikes.
  4. It can foreshadow what is to come.
Other characters can hear what Brutus is saying during his soliloquy.
  1. True
  2. False
A soliloquy helps give the audience exclusive information during the play.
Why would Shakespeare give this information to the audience and not other characters?

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